Future homes in Telford & Wrekin

Sustainable development of 66 properties by Nuplace aims to reduce tenants’ energy bills and aid local council’s commitment to tackling climate change. 

A home is a long-term investment and cleaner, greener homes are set to be the future of the property market, with a range of new standards coming in. Telford & Wrekin Council seem to be ahead of the game.

A new house with solar panels at the development in Southwater Way

A new house with solar panels at the development in Southwater Way, courtesy of Nuplace

Some 30 new ‘Future Home’ properties can now be reserved at the ‘Wild Walk’ site in Donnington, with another 36 such properties to be added in the second phase of the development next spring.  

In fact, the company already has already sold similar properties at Southwater Way in Malinslee, where solar panels and electric vehicle (EV) charging points on properties in the development can save those in an average three-bedroom house up to £900 per year in energy bills, based on projected energy prices for 2022-23.  

The 66 new properties in the ‘Wild Walk’ site will also have solar panels and EV charging points, which will help to meet low carbon standards. In addition, the local council has gone further, ensuring the new buildings also meet the Future Homes Standard (FHS), ahead of when 2025 when it becomes a mandatory requirement for new builds. 

Future Homes are especially green, producing 75% to 80% less carbon emissions than homes built under current building regulations. To achieve this, they feature new technology for heating, hot water systems and reducing heat waste. 

The 66 properties at the ‘Wild Walk’ site are part of a larger development of 329 new homes built through partnership between Telford & Wrekin Council, Nuplace, Lovell Partnerships Ltd and local housing association Wrekin Housing Group.  

The mixed tenure site at Wild Walk includes properties for open market sale, private and affordable rent, rent to buy, and dementia care and supported living units. Properties range from one to four-bedroom houses, apartments and bungalows. Indeed, 16 properties will be built to meet access and adaptability standards, and are available for people aged 55 or over, or with a demonstrable need.  

The buildings are specifically designed to enable residents to live independently.    

Cllr Carolyn Healy, Cabinet Member for Climate Action, Green Spaces, Heritage and Leisure, says: ‘In Telford and Wrekin there is a lot going on to support the fight against climate change and as a council we are tackling climate change right across our different services.  

‘Future Homes Standard properties will be mandatory by 2025 and Nuplace have ensured that sustainable housing is right at the top of the agenda for this latest development.’  

Cllr Richard Overton, Cabinet Member for Homes and Enforcement, adds: ‘Housing is one of our key priorities in Telford and Wrekin as we set to protect, care and invest to create a better borough for all of our residents. This new development at Wild Walk is a key part of this and it’s great to see the range of properties available both from Nuplace and also our partners. 

‘With over 1,200 tenants now living in Nuplace, properties right across the borough, we know they are providing fantastic long-term homes for our residents. We’re delighted that Nuplace is continuing offering more specialist and adaptable homes for those who need them and hope this will enable and encourage people to continue living independently for longer in their own homes.’ 

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