RESIDENTS are looking forward to a green future with the opening of a new eco-friendly housing estate.
Developers hope the Eco Village will give the local economy a timely boost when it opens in the South Bank area in March.
The initiative which was originally organised by Redcar and Cleveland council, is predicted to save homeowners around £1,000 per year on energy bills.
The project which is being run by North East based company Gentoo, has built fifteen new houses costing approximately £3.5m in total. With around £936,000 coming from the Homes and Communities Agency.
Local resident Amanda Collins said: “I think this is a great idea, especially as electricity is becoming more expensive these days.
“When I finally get on the property ladder I will definately think about moving into an eco friendly house.”
Another resident, Ross Lowe, said: “The idea of it is great but whether people will actually move into them is another thing.
“But I suppose it is still good for the area.”
Due to the high level of interest in the South Bank Eco Village, two houses have already been sold after the showroom was officially opened to members of the public on Friday, January 27.
The Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland, Councillor Olwyn Peters, was joined by Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) Chief Executive Pat Ritchie and Gentoo Chief Executive Peter Walls for the show home opening.
Development of the site for a mixture of new and refurbished residential units will contribute to the attractiveness of South Bank as a place of choice to live and for further investment.
The regeneration programme seeks to regenerate areas suffering from severe housing market failure and deprivation.
Councillor Lynn Pallister, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Neighbourhood Renewal, said: “People in South Bank have been asking us to provide new affordable housing for some time and, after years of demolition, the Eco Village is a fantastic centrepiece for the community.”
Gentoo Chief Executive Peter Walls said: “We are delighted to have been involved in the regeneration of South Bank. At Gentoo, we aim to make a positive mark on the future by investing in people, the planet and property, and Low Pastures is an excellent example of this.
“The development has not only brought new housing to the area, it has also created employment opportunities and engaged the community of South Bank.”
The site in South Bank is one of the most significant in the Greater Eston area and could potentially act as a catalyst for the transformational change needed for further housing market failure and other issues that exist in South Bank.
The project was started in March last year with the houses designed to meet level six of the Government’s code for sustainable homes.
Homes in the Eco Village will have triple-glazed windows and doors, photo-voltaic panels, composting facilities and a mechanical ventilation heat recovery system.
For further information about homes available for purchase visit www.gentoohomes.com