Horsham eco homes a South East first

New Saxon Weald housing scheme in New road, Horsham.  Saxon Weald's Marie Riordan.
New Saxon Weald housing scheme in New road, Horsham. Saxon Weald's Marie Riordan.

THE FIRST development of efficient eco-friendly homes in the South East has been unveiled TODAY (Thursday April 5) in Horsham’s Standings Court.

Built by the largest social housing provider in Horsham, Saxon Weald, with the aid of Horsham District Council and Government funding, it comprises of 12 Passivhaus houses and five houses and 21 flats to a high government-standard energy efficiency.

As well as paying just £160 per week for a three-bedroom house, new tenants can look forward to fuel bills of around a tenth of those in standard homes.

Marie Riordan, new business manager for Saxon Weald, explained how the Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery (MVHT) system works in Passivhaus houses, keeping the air supply fresh in an air-tight space.

The other 26 homes and flats are built to the Government’s Code Level 5, a rigorous standard in energy, electricity and water efficiency among other measures.

David Holmes (LDem, Horsham Park), said: “I was really delighted to see the provision of all these good quality made affordable properties and pleased to see a development where houses are available at affordable rent which is vitally important. So many recent builds have not actually been affordable for many people in growing need.”

He described the site as a great place to live for people moving in this week.

“If I was homeless I would put my name on the list,” he added.

Five of the flats will also go to people with special needs, with a carer’s flat next door for full 24-hour support.

Ian Howard (Con, Southwater), HDC’s cabinet member for living and working communities, said: “I am thrilled with Standings Court. Not only does it deliver 38 new affordable rented homes for those who so badly need them, but in terms of construction and energy use, the scheme is a sustainable development flagship for the District. In addition, we also have the result of a successful partnership between Saxon Weald, Horsham District Council and West Sussex County Council. I’m looking forward to the next one.”

David Standfast, chief executive of Saxon Weald, added: “We’re very proud to have built these fantastic new homes in Horsham. Building Passivhaus and Code Level 5 homes may cost more than conventional housing initially, but energy efficiency is key to keeping people out of fuel poverty in the years to come.”