HUNDREDS of zero-carbon new homes are set to be built in Kenilworth.
Warwick District Council’s (WDC) housing company, Milverton Homes has formed a new partnership with Vistry Partnerships to build 620 new homes in Kenilworth over the next eight years.
Council chiefs say the commitment will accelerate the provision of housing, including much-needed affordable housing, in the district.
WDC, investing £60 million into the joint venture, will receive 248 affordable homes which are zero- carbon and built to ‘national development space’ standards. Milverton Homes will receive a further 62 for private rent.
The council say the new homes will be built to high environmental standards responding to the climate emergency declared by the authority.
And they say the carbon neutral homes, with increased thermal capacity and air source heat pumps, will set a standard for housebuilders and landowners.
Becoming a net-zero carbon organisation by 2025 Warwick District Council/Milverton Homes have already worked on establishing a “Warwick standard”, improving the developer specifications of traditional house builders to achieve more efficient homes.
This is set to make a considerable contribution to reducing the total carbon emissions within Warwick district by 2030.
And the new ‘healthy homes’ should also support an improved quality of life for those suffering with respiratory diseases asthma and bronchitis, nervous system, and cardiovascular diseases, as well as cancer.
WDC homes and health spokesman Coun Jan Matecki sai: “This is really welcome news for the district.
“Our overall vision is to create healthy and sustainable developments that will stand the test of time – neighbourhoods that are inclusive and improve the lives of both new and existing residents.
“Through the provision of funding, the council can broker a greater stewardship role in place-shaping and meeting climate change objectives. “
Chair of Milverton Homes, Lisa Barker, added: “This is an exciting partnership which will transform a key area of the district.
“All of this has been made possible by the investment from Warwick District Council and the development expertise of Vistry Partnerships. It will help to showcase what can be achieved by working together.”