Stonebond are delighted to have recently completed 25 new affordable homes in Shepreth near Cambridge, handing them over to local housing provider Settle.
The new, 100% affordable development off Meldreth Road includes seven homes for Social Rent and 18 homes for Shared Ownership, giving members of the local community a great chance to move onto the housing ladder.
The development now includes a mix of terraced, semi-detached and detached two storey homes. In line with Stonebond’s fabric first approach, a number of measures have been taken to reduce carbon emissions via energy efficient building processes.
External walls have been constructed using aircrete blocks to ensure low thermal mass, whilst windows and doors have argon-filled double glazing and have been designed to limit solar gain and maximise daylight.
The homes feature highly efficient gas-fired boilers and modern heating controls, which minimise heat loss and enhance energy efficiency.
Efficient LED internal lighting is used in each home to reduce energy consumption further, whilst photovoltaic (PV) panels are set to generate renewable energy on-site. These measures combined will help to significantly reduce energy bills for residents.
The development encourages sustainable methods of transport, with cycle parking spaces provided to each home. Stonebond has also ensured that each home features the required infrastructure for electric car charging.
Local biodiversity is being enhanced thanks to a spacious new woodland area, encouraging outdoor play for residents, alongside bird and bat boxes, and additional tree and hedgerow planting.
Commenting, Robert Wilkinson, Managing Director of Stonebond Chelmsford, said:
“Having started on site last summer, these quality new homes are now ready for occupation and we’re delighted to be handing them over to our partner Settle. We spent considerable time amending the original designs for the site to ensure the development was both energy efficient and environmentally friendly. By working together, we’ve been able to make sure all of the homes are offered in affordable tenures, which will make a considerable contribution to the area’s supply of affordable homes.”