We’re celebrating two planning approvals in Wiltshire. These enable us to deliver more pioneering zero carbon homes across the West.
In Trowbridge, Wiltshire Council granted approval for 50 zero carbon homes at Upper Studley on the edge of Trowbridge. In the village of Semington, we’ve been granted permission for an additional 17 zero carbon homes. This is the second phase of our successful St George’s Mead development.
Planning approvals in Wiltshire consisting of zero carbon homes
Zero carbon homes are powered using renewable technologies (solar PV and air source heat pumps). Newland Homes has pioneered the creation of this type of home. They don’t emit any net carbon in use. This is a marked reduction from the 3.7 tonnes of CO2 emitted per annum by the average UK home*.
We have worked with local landowners, including the St James Trust charity, to bring the Upper Studley site forward for development in Trowbridge. St James Trust provides grants to groups or organisations which help people in need, hardship or distress in Trowbridge and nearby villages. In 1994, a developer offered to buy land owned by the trust and the eventual sale of this land resulted in a substantial sum being available for investment in grants. This recent sale to Newland Homes will help continue the charity’s good work.
In Semington, Wiltshire Council also unanimously approved our proposals for 17 zero carbon homes. This is adjacent to our existing development in the village. These new homes form a modest but logical extension to the St George’s Mead development. This has been extremely popular with buyers looking to reduce energy costs whilst making a valuable contribution to the environment.
Tom Sheppard, Planning Director for Newland Homes, comments: “Our commitment to delivering zero carbon homes has fundamentally changed the way we design and build our homes. We’ve embraced new renewable technologies and our homebuyers have embraced this new, more sustainable way of life. In turn this makes a valuable contribution to the environment. We’re delighted with these two planning approvals in Wiltshire and pleased to be able to continue delivering these pioneering homes across the South West.”
It is estimated that construction work will commence at Upper Studley in Trowbridge and at St George’s Mead in Semington in Autumn 2023.
*according to the HBF Watt a Save report in 2022.