23 Jun '14, 2pm

'Community' eco homes under construction - Green Building Press

Architect Andrew Yeats of EcoArc Architects said the properties “will be some of the most energy efficient houses in Europe.” A ‘long and complex’ 10-year journey for the families began in 2004 when the Parish Plan identified a need for affordable housing. A Housing Enabler Group was established, which set up a community land trust to deliver a self- build scheme. Full planning permission was granted in December 2012, with no objections from the community. The Witherslack Estate gifted the land to the trust, which then transferred the freehold for the plots to the self-builders. The families have worked with the architect throughout the process to achieve designs they are happy with. Witherslack Community Land Trust chair Nick Stanley said: “It has been a long and winding road to get this far. “We know that these issues face most villages in the UK, but it is particularly ...

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