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14 new energy-efficient homes to be constructed in Hellesdon

A project to build 14 new homes in Hellesdon has been announced by Broadland Growth Ltd. Not only will the housing serve as excellent examples of energy efficiency, they will also help to drive money back into local public services.

This is the first development for commercial business, which is a collaboration between Broadland District Council and facilities management company Norse, reports EDP 24. It will be built on council-owned land next to the Carrowbeck Training Centre on Drayton Road and work is expected to begin in the spring.

Andrew Proctor, chairman of Broadland Growth Limited and Broadland District Council leader, said: “The homes will meet high standards of energy efficiency as part of our ambition of environmental excellence." He added that some of the houses would be sold on a shared-equity basis to help families trying to get on the property ladder for the first time.

There will eight detached houses - two with three bedrooms and six with four bedrooms - which will be sold on the open market. The remaining five homes will be semi-detached. Four will have two bedrooms and two will have three bedrooms. The semi-detached homes will be the ones offered as shared-equity plans and priority will be given to people with strong links to the local area.

All of the new homes will all be "at the leading edge of low energy design", explained Richard Gawthorpe, executive director at Broadland Growth. They will include triple-glazed windows and doors, as well as high levels of thermal insulation and draught-free construction. They will also be free from thermal bridges and mechanical ventilation will be used to provide fresh air and heat recovery.

Mr Proctor explained that once the project is completed, profits will be used to support local services: "Developing the site through the company means we can use profits to support services to residents. Working with our trusted partner NPS will ensure any risk to public money is strictly limited," he said.