Getting to know you! Families’ new eco-homes

The Mayor of Calderdale Coun Nader Fekri at the opening of new homes in Damson Place, Halifax.
The Mayor of Calderdale Coun Nader Fekri at the opening of new homes in Damson Place, Halifax.

RESIDENTS of an eco-friendly housing scheme have moved into their homes.

New tenants in the 42 homes in the Upper Parkinson Lane area of Halifax mingled with their neighbours at a party to celebrate the completion of the project.

The scheme has seen 42 affordable rental homes built for families, with homes ranging from three to five bedrooms.

The development boasts energy-savings eco-technologies, including solar panels on all south-facing buildings, water-conservation measures, high levels of insulation and efficient condensing boilers.

The project has been managed by Home Group – one of the UK’s largest social-housing associations.

Customer services manager Bhavna Patel said: “This innovative housing scheme, which has been funded by the Homes and Communities Agency, has been a true partnership with Calderdale Council.

“Without their visionary approach the new housing development would not have happened.

“We thought having a welcoming event would be a great way of encouraging the neighbours to get to know each other. At Home Group we want to build happy communities, not just good-quality housing.

“We are delighted to provide 42 new affordable homes for residents in the Halifax area to create a sustainable, thriving, mixed community.”

The launch party was attended by the Mayor of Calderdale, Coun Nader Fekri, who officially opened the new homes, at Damson Place, Parkinson Lane.

The development was built on land which had been occupied by older, rundown houses, with many of the former properties being controlled by private landlords.

Ten of the properties have been specially adapted for the care needs of disabled children with support from the Accessible Homes Agency.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet member for economy and environment, Coun Barry Collins, said: “This scheme is part of our commitment to meet the housing aspirations of communities and to maximise opportunities to provide high-quality, affordable homes.”