Shared ownership provider SO Resi has launched a new development in Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, which uses the latest construction and microgeneration technologies to create homes that are greener, warmer and cheaper to run.
Unveiled last weekend (Saturday June 11), SO Resi Hope Green includes a total of 153 new homes – 138 two-, three- and four-bedroom homes and 15 two-bedroom apartments – the vast majority of which will be operationally zero carbon. In a first in the UK, four of the houses are guaranteed zero energy bills.
Kush Rawal, Director of Residential Investment at SO Resi, said, “At a time when many people are struggling with high energy bills, it is nice to launch the first and largest net zero carbon operational development in UK. We take sustainability seriously, and it’s gratifying that our focus has resulted in this momentous milestone. Green living often comes at a cost and is generally inaccessible to the affordable housing sector. However, as a united development team with our partners, we have shown that it is both achievable and that there is no need to compromise on the quality of the houses or the setting.
SO Resi Hope Green homes will be built around a significant amount of open green space. To add to the appeal for families, the area will include playgrounds, nature trails, and a network of walking and cycling paths, meaning the nearby town is easily accessible for jobs, London Fenchurch Street shops and station. The program also includes attractive biodiversity areas and water features to encourage local wildlife and add to the attractiveness of the neighborhood.
SO Resi works with ilke Homes, a modular housing pioneer that delivers high-quality, energy-efficient homes in half the time of traditional methods, and includes ilke Zero, the UK’s first mainstream zero-carbon housing offering. -United. The low-carbon technologies will be provided by Octopus Energy, which offers a specific tariff to residents of Hope Green to provide clean, free energy around the clock. The funding was arranged by Gresham House, a specialist management group of alternative assets, dedicated to sustainable investments.
New homes are equipped with air-source heat pumps, which require only a third of the energy of conventional heating systems, solar panels and fully installed battery storage technology. Additionally, the homes will be highly insulated, including airtight windows and doors, featuring high performance construction fabric and low cost LED lighting throughout. This not only means that they will generate enough energy for every home to be operationally carbon neutral, but they also offer the potential for income from exported electricity.
Stanford-le-Hope is a small town that retains a village feel, with the River Hope running through its center and the 800-year-old St Margaret’s Church providing a beautiful landmark. Thurrock Thameside Nature Reserve is nearby, home to native reptiles and butterflies. One of the highlights of the visit is the causeway walk above the lake, which is rich in biodiversity and home to many varieties of birds including ringed plovers, shelducks, dunlins, godwits black tail and red knights. You can also follow the Thames Estuary path towards Pitsea, passing through marshes and peaceful fields.
There are plenty of local shops in Stanford-le-Hope, but the development is ideally located for more serious shopping therapy – Lakeside shopping center is 20 minutes by train or car, Basildon’s Eastgate center is 10 minutes by car and the Bluewater shopping center is less than half an hour away. There is a good selection of schools nearby to choose from, with several primary schools and one secondary school rated as good by Ofsted in the town.
Prices start from £88,500 for a 30% share in a two-bedroom house with a total market value of £295,000.
For more information call 0208 607 0550 or visit www.soresi.co.uk.