Customised build Zero Carbon homes in Chipping Norton to move forward
West Oxfordshire District Council has agreed to move forward with enabling developer Green Axis to deliver seven affordable, custom-build, net zero carbon homes in Chipping Norton, in what will be a national first.
The decision to proceed with the build follows challenges in finding suitable legal agreements without putting any taxpayers money at risk. Now the legal issues have been ironed out, the development will be moving forward.
Councillor Geoff Saul, Executive Member for Housing and Social Welfare, said, “Delivering innovative and important schemes such as this development can come with challenges but as a Council we are committed to pushing for new ways to tackle both our housing crisis and climate emergency.
“I am very pleased to see the issues have been resolved and that we are moving forward with Green Axis to deliver this exciting, ground-breaking scheme which will put West Oxfordshire on the map for delivering homes for the future.”
The seven homes will be designed using the Council’s Net Zero Carbon Toolkit. This innovative approach minimises the energy required to heat the homes, and coupled with onsite renewable energy generation, means the homes will be net zero carbon in operation while careful selection of materials will minimise the carbon footprint of the construction.
They will come in at 15% less than the average price for the area, making them more affordable and those that purchase them will be able to customise the design and specification of the house before it is built.
The scheme will also provide an electric vehicle charging hub and space for community use.