Low carbon homes hit Leicester

The new homes produce 75% less carbon than typical houses

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Leicester City Council has approved plans for 38 new low carbon homes to be built next to its old Velodrome in Hawkins Road.

Construction company Robert Woodhead has been enlisted by the council to start work on the £12 million project, turning the current car park into new housing.

A variation of two, three and four-bedroom houses will be built with solar panels, triple-glazed windows and air-source heat pumps to adhere to the highest, current environmental standards.

The council has stated that these new homes will cut carbon emissions by 75%, when compared with regular houses – equating to 67 tonnes of carbon saved each year.

Work is expected to be complete by 2024, with the council looking to spend £50 million in the next few years to build 350 new low carbon council homes.

Assistant City Mayor for Housing, Elly Cutkelvin, said: “By building new council houses ourselves, we can focus on areas of particular need, such as wheelchair accessible homes and play an important role in helping ensure that growing demand for affordable housing is a priority.

“The development will also feature a range of measures to ensure that these new homes are highly energy efficient which will cut their carbon cost and help future tenants save on their energy bills.”