On-site development is scheduled to begin after Easter 2019 with groundworks completed in a matter of months and the first dwellings available for occupation later this year. The Phase 1 build may include a mix of three bed market properties and three and two bed "affordables". All market properties will be available if you qualify under the "Help to Buy" scheme meaning that you need find just 5% deposit.
The Trustees have negotiated a joint venture scheme for the build with a major developer who has completed numerous headline projects in England and Wales over the past several years and has concluded that modular carbon-neutral zero energy properties represent both the future for all housing in this country and provide to residents the most comfortable, durable and economical properties to live in.
Those of you who have visited the prototype house at the Building Research Establishment at Watford which was designed by the architect Bill Dunster OBE and his team at Zedfactory will have seen a property similar to those to be erected at Newport. It is one of the first homes to achieve the Home Quality Mark Standard which replaces the Code for Sustainable Homes and all the Newport homes will achieve this standard.
Some of the houses will have embedded solar roofs and over a year be zero-energy users, ie on an annual basis there will be nothing to pay for your energy use - whether for hot water, room heating, lighting, cooking or any domestic electrical supply. Every home will have the option of high capacity electrical storage meaning that energy generated during hot summer days will be stored on site for usage later with the excess re-routed to the grid for a feed-in tariff payment. The homes are super-insulated, triple glazed and of high thermal mass which keeps them cool in summer and warm in winter. They greatly exceed the requirements set out in the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook.
The homes on this development will be clustered around two village greens with an intended community building beside the main site entrance on London Road. Newport railway station is some 200m distant with the village primary school and Newport Recreation Ground bordering the site. An acre of the development land will be gifted to the primary school. The greens will accommodate a variety of amenities including newly planted trees, community allotments, designated play areas and wild life ponds.
The site as a whole will present an ideal place to live being a low density development with all properties having their own garden and many also enjoying a “solar loft” which is a facility you can view at the BRE. The site will be administered by its own Community Land Trust, ie as a resident you will be a CLT member with a say on matters such as how the village greens are used and maintained and how the estate roadways are lit.