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Work starts on new green energy efficient homes on former Bromsgrove District Council House site

Tristan Harris 14th Dec, 2021 Updated: 14th Dec, 2021

LONG-AWAITED work on energy-efficient new green homes has been started on the site of the former Bromsgrove District Council House.

The first bricks were laid this week for the 61 homes on Burcot Lane.

The homes will be heated by air source heat pumps rather than gas, and there will be solar panels with battery storage on the houses, thanks to a £610,000 grant from the Government’s Getting Building Fund awarded via the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership.

The project is being run by Bromsgrove District Council after it decided to build 18 houses, 39 flats and four maisonettes on its former head office.

Bromsgrove District Council leader, Coun Karen May, said: “We’re proud to deliver more homes to Bromsgrove, in a high-quality development that will give its residents the lower bills and smaller carbon footprints that higher energy efficiency standards bring.”

The development, of which 12 homes will be for social rent, six for shared ownership, six sold on the open market, and 37 for private rent, was supported by £1million from the Homes England accelerated construction programme, and the energy efficiency measures have been enabled by the Getting Building Fund.

Gary Woodman, Chief Executive, Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership said: “Worcestershire Plan for

Growth recognises the economic opportunity as we move from carbon reduction to net zero.

“This development has been designed in line with this strategic aspiration and made possible through funding to create a demonstrator within the district for other developers to follow.”

The homes will provide an 80 per cent reduction in carbon emissions and residents living in the properties will have much lower running costs.

Speller Metcalfe is building the homes, which are expected to be completed and handed over to the district council in January 2023.

Mark Eaton, Living Managing at Speller Metcalfe, said: “It’s been great to see the progress of Burcot Lane, with the footprint of the new homes starting to take shape.

“As a contractor we have a firm commitment to delivering sustainable schemes that provide a longer-term future for residents, and we are delighted to be working in partnership with Bromsgrove District Council to support their development programme.”

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