A development of eco-homes in Hellesdon has scooped the top prize at the United Kingdom and Ireland’s most prestigious planning awards.
Carrowbreck Meadow, on Drayton High Road, came first in the Excellence in Planning to Deliver Housing category at the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2017.
The development is made up of 14 Passivhaus homes in a woodland setting, designed to be ecologically friendly. The positioning of the homes maximises the access to solar energy in winter and prevents overheating in summer, leading to lower power bills. Electric car charging points, rainwater butts and connection points for photo-voltaic installation are also standard.
Andrew Proctor, Chairman of Broadland Growth Limited and Broadland District Council Leader said: “Winning such a prestigious national award with our first development is a huge honour for Broadland Growth.
“The award is testimony to the excellent teamwork and vision of our planning teams working alongside design and building consultancy Hamson Barron Smith to deliver an innovative Passivhaus project that delivers excellence in housing.”
Nick Raynsford, former planning and housing minister and chairman of the judging panel, said they were impressed with the innovative approach taken and the excellent use of publicly owned land, adding: “With over 40pc of affordable housing on the site, it is a great example of how innovation, quality and affordable housing could be delivered hand in hand.”