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Under floor heating 'key to new affordable homes development'

Plans for a range of new homes featuring energy-saving technology such as under floor heating have been drawn up.

The properties in Lostwithiel in Cornwall will rely on the installation to provide warmth in the buildings and the hot water, the Western Morning News reports.

Wycliffe Estates has submitted the planning application for 16 affordable houses as part of a development of 32 abodes.

In order to reduce energy consumption costs, the buildings will also feature outside drying facilities and low-energy lighting.

Vic May, the area's mayor, said: "There are an awful lot of young people who want to stay in the town and it's a chance to buy their own homes."

If the development scheme is approved, work is expected to begin in nine months' time and be completed by 2012.

The paper first reported on the story in November 2009, when residents in the area were asked to submit their interest in the properties to the council, which could then decide whether the project was needed.