The first phase of ‘greener’ homes planned for a new urban village near Bristol has been given the ‘green light’ by planners.Situated within two milesnorth of Bristol city centre in Cheswick, Filton, housebuillder Redrow’s flagship venture,will create an entire village of environmentally friendly homes, designed to achieve level three of the new Code for Sustainable Homes – two years ahead of targets set by Government.
South Gloucestershire Council has now granted detailed planning permission for the first phase of 100 homes, named Tallsticks, in this ‘village of the future’.
Tallsticks will be the first of several smaller ‘villages’ being built by Redrow, which together will create the new larger village of Cheswick, complete with shops, places to eat and all the local amenities of an established residential community.
The masterplan for the 77acre site allows for a mixed-use neighbourhood centre at the heart of the development, which could include a supermarket, other retail units, restaurants, a public house, doctor’s surgery, pharmacy and children’s nursery, together with residential apartments. There is also a proposed primary school site adjacent to the area.
The homes in Tallsticks will contain a range of environmental features including aerated flow-regulating taps, which can almost half the amount of water flow, energy efficient boilers, low fill baths and sinks, and use of thermal solar panels, which can provide hot water during periods of sunshine at a minimal cost.
The first phase of homes is set to go on sale at the beginning of February 2008 and the first properties will be ready to move into next year. The whole development will be phased over a number of years.
Peter Carpinelli, managing director of Redrow Homes (South West), said: “The urban village of Cheswick will be a sustainable and practical place to live work and play, with a series of green corridors which not only link places within the site, but also connect to the wider area.
“It really will be a village built for modern life in the 21st century and will suit a wide-range of homebuyers. Redrow is proud to be playing its part to help reduce carbon emissions and help homebuyers who want to live in a more sustainable community.”
As part of the overall planning agreement for the Cheswick site, Redrow will fund a ‘Planning gain’ package worth almost £20m, including contributions to local primary and secondary school provision, community facilities, open spaces, local library and art projects.