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Cheltenham's first zero carbon homes

The ribbon’s been cut on the first of  Cheltenham’s first zero carbon homes!

Local Councillors joined Newland Homes to officially celebrate the opening of ‘Pear Trees’ on Kidnappers Lane.  With an impressive collection of zero carbon homes powered by renewable technologies, it’s a direct response to the climate emergency.

Power houses in their own right

Each of the five-bedroomed, detached homes boast solar 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).  This extracts warmth from outside air to heat 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.  They create as much regulated prime energy as they need to run.  Therefore reducing energy costs and minimising the impact that everyday living has on the environment.  The homes emit no net carbon in use.  This is a marked reduction from the 3.6 tonnes of CO2 emitted per annum by the average UK home (according to the HBF Watt a Save report in Feb 2023).

A rated living

The homes at Pear Trees achieve the highest possible ‘A’ rating for both energy efficiency and environmental impact, whilst also providing 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.

Jeremy Drew, Developments Director for Newland Homes, commented: “We have built and sold close to 100 zero carbon homes across the South West in the last 18 months.  This is testament to the fact that people want to make more sustainable housing choices.  As an independent developer, we can create the type of homes that suit a modern lifestyle, which is both mindful and respectful of the environment without compromising on comfort.”

Jeremy continues: “Ribbon cutting ceremonies traditionally symbolise new beginnings and the promise of an exciting future, and our zero carbon homes at Pear Trees are the future.”

Cementing our partnership with Cheltenham Borough Homes

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

Cllr Max Wilkinson, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Culture, Tourism and Wellbeing at Cheltenham Borough Council took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony.  He comments: “We have set stringent new climate change planning guidance for Cheltenham to raise the environmental standards of new homes built here.  It’s exciting to see developers starting to build properties that meet the challenge.  Ditching gas boilers in favour of heat pumps, installing solar panels and embracing energy efficiency is excellent.  I welcome the approach taken by Newland Homes and urge all other developers to raise their game too.”

We were the first traditional housebuilder in the UK to sign the United Nations Climate Neutral Now Pledge.  This is a commitment to measure greenhouse gas emissions, implement means to reduce them, to consider offsetting and to report progress annually.  The company is on course to achieve at least a 50% reduction in carbon footprint by the end of 2024.  Diesel is no longer used in any of its site construction vehicles.  These are powered by Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), a cleaner and greener alternative.  Furthermore, the company has been recognised by Carbon Neutral Britain as a carbon neutral business.


Prices start from £1.1million at Pear Trees.  Tailor-made viewings are available daily between 11am to 5pm, seven days a week.  View more about Pear Trees. 


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