Derby City Council is planning to build new affordable and sustainable homes on disused land in the city centre. The proposed homes will be built to Future Homes Standard, a higher specification than is currently required, and will incorporate new technologies such as solar panels and air source heat pumps to achieve high energy efficiency ratings.
The homes are expected to reduce day-to-day carbon emissions by 75-80%, contributing to Derby City Council's target to be net zero by 2035. Only a small amount of electricity will be needed to heat the homes, and electrical vehicle charging points are proposed for each parking space.
The current proposal is to build 2, 3 & 4 bedroom houses houses, all with off-street parking and private rear gardens. The homes would all be owned by the Council, but managed by Derby Homes.
Councillor Baggy Shanker, Leader of Derby City Council, said: "Affordable housing is in high demand across the city and creating new Council homes is a key priority for us. These homes would be built to Future Homes Standard which is a higher specification than is currently required and incorporates new technologies such as solar panels and air source heat pumps to achieve high energy efficiency ratings. As a responsible Council, we want to lead and do what we can, where we can, to address climate change and give our tenants the opportunity to live in buildings which won't cost the earth to heat."
The plans are due to be discussed by Cabinet this week and, if approved, work on the site could start in early 2024, with the new homes completed by late 2025.
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