First residents move into eco-village

The first homes of an eco-village in Telford opened its doors to residents on Wednesday.

The highly energy and resource-efficient houses of Lightmoor Village have been designed to allow for rainwater collection, and for "lifetime living" - meaning alterations can be made with minimum disruption.

About 75% of the 800 plus homes will be for sale at prices ranging from £177,000 to £320,000 for 2-4 bedroom houses, with the remaining quarter turned into "affordable housing."

The village is a joint venture by the Government's regeneration agency English Partnerships and the Bournville Village Trust (BVT) charity.

At least 22ha of the 72ha site will be kept as green, open space for public recreation and leisure. The buildings themselves are to feature the "highest environmental and ecological standards."

David Rhead, senior regeneration manager for English Partnerships said: "We are placing an ever increasing focus on design and construction standards, helping to lead the field in this area.

"Lightmoor Village is an excellent example of where English Partnerships' skill, expertise and resources is being used to help deliver a community that will be economically, socially and environmentally sustainable."

The design on the eco-village is based on the prototype sustainable village of Bournville in Birmingham created by BVT founder George Cadbury 100 years ago.

Alan Shrimpton, Director of Estates for Bournville Village Trust said: "We have over a hundred years' experience of managing and maintaining successful communities. The care taken in the design of the development and all the facilities provided means that Lightmoor is going to be a destination of choice for anybody in the region."

For more on Lightmoor Village see the English Partnerships website.

Goska Romanowicz



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