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Energy centre to reduce carbon footprint by 35%

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development, Environment

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A community energy centre is expected to reduce the carbon emissions of an 1,800-home estate by up to 35%.

The gas fired system will provide the Scotswood housing project in Newcastle with heating and hot water when complete.

The combined heat and power facility is located on the site of an old abattoir and will eventually supply all 1,800 homes at The Rise, where the first properties went on sale last month.

The 66-hectare site overlooking the River Tyne is the largest single site housing-led regeneration scheme in the North of England.

It is being delivered by New Tyne West Development Company - a joint partnership between Newcastle City Council and developers Barratt Homes and Keepmoat.

Over the next 15 years, £265 million will be invested in the site.

Of the 1,800 sustainable properties on the site, up to 25% will be 'affordable' homes for rent and shared ownership, to be owned and managed by Tees Valley Housing.

Duncan Bowman, development director at NTWDC, said: “This is a really exciting project for us. An energy centre serving a site of this scale will be the first of its kind in the north. This particular aspect of the redevelopment of Scotswood has been a long time in the planning and it is thanks to the commitment of NTWDC and E.ON that it has come to fruition.

“It marks another important step towards creating a vibrant and sustainable community, where people will be proud to live and work. We are confident that the promise of reduced energy bills will be received well by future residents.”

Once 600 homes are completed and connected the energy centre will become a combined heat and power plant, meaning Scotswood will have its own neighbourhood electricity generating facility.

Cllr Hazel Stephenson said: “The whole regeneration of Scotswood is about innovating and re-invigorating the area with new housing, jobs, training and opportunities.

“The energy centre is another positive chapter in the area’s revival and the first of its kind in the north, which should make the Scotswood community proud. Added to that, the benefit of reduced and simplified energy costs will be well received by local people.”

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