New homes will be greener than rules demand

A NEW affordable homes development is being built to a higher eco-standard than required by regulations.

The six one-bedroom flats and one two-bedroom flat on a former garage site in Barratts Lane, Needham Market, are being built to level four of the Code for Sustainable Homes. The developer, Bury St Edmunds-based Iceni Homes, says level four is ‘well above current Building Regulation Standards’.

The £710,000 scheme is on behalf of the Bury-based Suffolk Housing Society, in partnership with Mid Suffolk District Council. It is being built built by Mildenhall contractors Cocksedge Builders.

It is funded by Suffolk Housing Society with an additional £50,000 from Mid Suffolk, whoich donated the land, and £150,000 from the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency.

Marilyn Curran, housing portfolio holder for Mid Suffolk District Council, said: “Affordable housing is the council’s top priority, so we are very pleased to support the redevelopment.

“There are currently over 140 households with a connection to Needham Market who have a need for one or two-bedroom affordable accommodation registered on Gateway to Homechoice.

“This development will provide much- needed accommodation in Needham Market.”

Each home will have high levels of insulation, energy-efficient lighting and high-efficiency boilers, while photo-voltaic panels will provide electricity for heating communal areas.

Ian Winslet, chief executive of Suffolk Housing Society, said: “By incorporating features such as extra insulation, photo-voltaic panels and energy efficient boilers, we are ensuring the development meets the highest standards of sustainability, in turn helping safeguard our environment for future generations.”

Mike Goodson, Iceni Homes’ managing director, said: “By building to code level four we can maximise the energy efficiency of the properties and deliver sustainable and eco-friendly homes now and in the future which is very much in line with the Government’s and Iceni Homes’ green ethos.”

He said Iceni Homes’ programme for 2011-2015 would create 1,000 affordable homes for housing societies in Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.