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Rural homes named ‘Most Eco-Aware’

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Published by Anonymous for Circle in Housing and also in Environment

A scheme of affordable homes in a sought-after Mole Valley village has been awarded Most Eco-Aware Project in the First Time Buyer Readers’ Awards.

Circle Housing Mole Valley’s Darbyshire Road development in the village of Newdigate was voted for by the public as this year’s most environmentally friendly scheme for first time buyers. The mixture of shared ownership and affordable homes were built by Circle Housing Mole Valley’s contractor Rydon using sustainable materials that were sourced locally.

Each home has been fitted with energy-saving measures including solar panels and monitors, which help residents track how much energy they are using. The walls were constructed with thermalite block work, which store and slowly release warmth more effectively than traditional brick. Green roofs add another layer of insulation and help the homes to blend into their rural surroundings.

Local wildlife has even been given a home on the scheme with log piles for beetles, bat and bird boxes and a wildlife corridor for endangered mammals.
David Searle, Managing Director of Circle Housing Mole Valley, said: “We’re proud that Newdigate has been recognised for having a positive impact on the environment and residents’ energy bills. It has been an important part of our work to help local people find affordable places to live in what is an extremely expensive area of Surrey. I’d like to say thank you to our teams and partners who made this beautiful scheme a reality.”

Homes on the Darbyshire Road development will always be reserved for local people otherwise at risk of being priced out of the village, where average house prices reach more than £450,000. Funding was secured by Circle Housing Mole Valley from Mole Valley District Council and the government’s Affordable Homes Programme.

It is also among just 50 schemes to have been selected by Inside Housing magazine this year for a prestigious list of the UK’s top affordable developments.

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