Eco-friendly housing site officially unveiled

Posted: 14/07/2009

A ground-breaking environmentally friendly housing development on the outskirts of Ludlow has been officially opened with the unveiling of a commemorative stone.

South Shropshire Housing Association has completed 91 new homes at Rocks Green, near Ludlow, and all of them receive their heating and hot water from a wood burning biomass boiler, which is carbon neutral and fuelled by wood chips from county-sourced timber from saw mills, forests and other sources.
The site was officially opened by the Mayor of Ludlow, Martin Taylor-Smith, and provides homes aimed at those with strong links to the area, assisting young families and first-time buyers to remain in the town, near their friends and families.
The eco-friendly heating system is a major contributor to the aim of the new homes achieving an 'excellent' environmental rating, under the Eco Homes scale. They also have under floor heating which, along with the hot water supply, tenants and homeowners are able to control according to their individual needs.
Rocks Green is also the first new build development in Shropshire to incorporate 'Homezone', a traffic management system widely used in Europe which provides a safe environment for pedestrians and slows cars down to a walking pace, using a variety of construction materials.
A total of 38 of the new homes are part of the housing group's New Build HomeBuy shared ownership scheme, with the remaining 53 being rented to tenants from the housing list.
Shared ownership properties offer help to first-time buyers to get on the housing ladder by purchasing anything from 25% of the property, while paying rent on the remainder - helping to keep mortgage costs, including the deposit, at manageable levels.
SSHA Managing Director, Paul Sutton, said: "Rocks Green is a development we are proud of on many levels. Not only is it providing homes to people who have strong ties to the area, it is pushing out the boundaries on sustainable living, not to mention being a very pleasant environment in which to live. Lots of families are very much going to enjoy living here for decades to come."