Cotswolds first truly affordable zero-carbon housing development in Moreton-in-Marsh

Cotswold District Council Press Release – 21 July 2021

Cotswold District Council is working in partnership with Bromford Housing Association to redevelop Stockwells cul-de-sac in Moreton into 28 new social rented homes. The new development will be the first modular build of its kind anywhere in the Cotswolds. 

The existing homes at Stockwells were built in the 1950s and are not energy efficient. After considering future maintenance requirements Bromford intends to regenerate the area by demolishing the 24 existing homes and replacing them with 28 modern, energy-efficient homes which are affordable for tenants to run.

Subject to planning, the new housing scheme in Moreton will be completely gas-free. All homes will be fitted with air source heating and solar panels to align with the Council’s drive for all affordable housing to be green to the core.

Cllr Lisa Spivey, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “I’m thrilled that we are moving forward with this development which we hope will become a case study for other developers and social housing providers in the future.

“This is the standard we expect of affordable housing here in the Cotswolds. Not only do we want housing to be zero carbon, we want housing to be genuinely affordable. We want to make this one of the best parts of Moreton and we’re confident these exemplar modern homes will do just that.

“Our housing teams have worked incredibly hard to build a strong relationship with Bromford housing association and I would like to thank them for all their efforts in bringing about this fantastic scheme for the Cotswolds.”

To support the Council to meet its Climate Emergency Strategy, Bromford has been working to introduce the Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) to support the move towards delivering net-zero homes.

The Stockwells regeneration scheme represents an opportunity for Cotswold District Council and Bromford to create the first social rented, MMC net-zero homes within the District.

With funding support from Cotswold District Council, Air Source Heat Pumps will replace traditional gas boilers, reducing CO2 emissions from heating and hot water by around 80%. In addition, the introduction of a large solar PV system will reduce net carbon emissions of the development to zero.

Bromford plans to submit a planning application for the redevelopment of Stockwells in July with the aim of commencing work on-site in Autumn 2021.

A consultation exercise has been undertaken with the customers affected by the proposals and Bromford are helping them to move into suitable alternative accommodation to enable the redevelopment of the site.

Notes:

Council approved the sum of £550,000 be transferred to Bromford Housing Association for the regeneration of 28 social rent homes at Stockwells, Moreton-in-Marsh at its meeting on Wednesday 14 July. This grant would comprise S106 commuted sums received and due to the Council.

Read the full affordable housing schemes – expenditure of S106 commuted sums report.