Richard Bacon MP Officially Opens New Passivhaus Scheme

24/09/2012
South Norfolk MP, Richard Bacon,officially opened a new Hastoe Passivhaus scheme called Lower Wells Road, in Ditchingham, on Friday 14 September. This is the second Hastoe Passivhaus development.

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Ditchingham Parish Council, aware of how the lack of affordable housing was impacting on the community, supported Hastoe in this local needs project. A total of 14 homes,
including 11 for rent and three for shared ownership,have been provided on land made available by South Norfolk Council.

Priority for the affordable houses is for local people in Ditchingham, Broome, Thwaite, Earsham and Hedenham now and in the future. The scheme has achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and is built to Passivhaus standards. This further builds on the success of Hastoe’s first Passivhaus rural scheme at Wimbish in North Essex. The low carbon homes will have very low running costs, a huge benefit to residents in a world of ever- increasing energy prices.

Features of the homes include: whole house ventilation system, improved insulation and air tightness, water saving taps and shower fittings, low energy lighting, recycling facilities, bicycle storage, composter, bird boxes and bird tables and the bungalows have solar panels on the roofs which provide some free electricity to residents.

A break-down of the property types is as follows:

For rent:
1 x 1-bed flat
2 x 2-bed flats
3 x 2-bed bungalows
3 x 2-bed houses
1 x 3-bed house
1 x 4-bed house

For shared ownership:
2 x 2-bed houses
1 x 3-bed house

With support from the Homes and Communities Agency, the homes were completed in June 2012.

Housing Association: Hastoe
Parish Council: Ditchingham
Local Authority & Landowner: South Norfolk Council
Architect: Parsons & Whittley
Contractor: Keepmoat
Employer’s Agent: Davis Langdon

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon said:
“It was a pleasure to officially open the Ditchingham Passivhaus development.  These Hastoe homes are high quality, affordable and sustainable and will be a real asset to the community.”

Cllr Pauline Allenfrom Ditchingham Parish Council said:
"The need for local needs affordable housing in the Ditchingham and Broome Ward has been long established, so when SNC agreed to provide the land for a scheme it started to become a possibility. I have been very impressed with the design and eco credentials of the project. At the design stage, the architect took a highly sympathetic stance to the Taylor and Green houses that form the nearby conservation area as well as listening to the views of the parish councils and residents. The scheme has more than lived up to my expectations; it is attractive, it enhances the conservation area and it provides much needed homes for local people."

John Lefever, Regional Head of Development, for Hastoe East region, said:
“We are very pleased to have been able to provide these much needed new homes in Ditchingham for local people, in partnership with South Norfolk Council. We hope that these Passivhaus homes will help provide a very real solution to reduce fuel poverty. We are also very grateful to the Homes and Communities Agency for the investment that helped make it possible.”

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