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Alex Chalk MP tours zero carbon homes in Leckhampton, at Pear Trees, to find out how our climate considerate homes are transforming the way modern homes are designed and run.

Homes are power houses in their own right

27 zero carbon homes are being built at Pear Trees on Kidnappers Lane.  Each of the five-bedroomed, detached homes boast solar PV panels which convert sunlight into energy.  Homes have been orientated to maximise solar gain.  The energy generated by the solar panels is used to help power the home’s air source heat pump (ASHP), which extracts warmth from outside air.  This then heats water for underfloor heating, radiators and hot water in place of a traditional gas boiler.

The result is that these homes are power houses in their own right.  Creating as much regulated prime energy* as they need to run, energy costs are reduced.  The impact everyday living has on the environment is therefore minimised.

The homes are a direct response to the climate emergency declared by Cheltenham Borough Council in 2019.

MP delighted to visit impressive development

Alex Chalk MP comments: “I was delighted to visit this modern and impressive development.  It is great to see a local business providing much needed homes, whilst safeguarding the environment.”

The homes at Pear Trees achieve the highest possible ‘A’ rating for both energy efficiency and environmental impact.  They also provide a wealth of other modern must haves such as open-plan living spaces, snugs and boot rooms.  Seven of the properties also benefit from a multifunctional home office garden room.

Nine affordable zero carbon properties have been built in conjunction with Cheltenham Borough Homes as part of the development.

Chris Parker, Head of Marketing at Newland Homes, comments: “Homeowners are more and more demanding a green housing revolution as they want to play their role in the fight against climate change.  The zero carbon homes at Pear Trees have proven extremely popular.  Many new residents are already settled in their new houses.  Developments such as this show that, with vision and commitment, housebuilders can build highly energy efficient housing with a low environmental impact.”

WhatHouse? Awards 2023

And our efforts aren’t going unnoticed either.  Our St George’s Mead development in Semington, Wiltshire, has been recognised in the WhatHouse? Awards 2023 as Best Sustainable Development.  These awards are known as the ‘Oscars’ of the housebuilding industry.  Our robust approach to climate change and our carbon neutral agenda was highly praised by judges.

Prices start from £1.1million at Pear Trees in Leckhampton and tailor-made viewings are available daily between 11am to 5pm, seven days a week.  Call 01242 350380 to book a tailor-made tour.  Click to view more information and follow our socials for all the latest.


*Prime energy is the regulated energy used to provide lighting, heating & hot water in the home.  This is assessed by a standard procedure assuming a typical family lifestyle.  This is also indicated in the home’s Energy Performance Certificate.


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