New Southwater Homes all Let
Tenants have now moved in to all 46 homes at the latest housing development owned by Telford & Wrekin Council’s wholly owned housing company, Nuplace.
Southwater Way is Nuplace’s most sustainable development, designed specifically to contribute towards the council’s commitment to tackle climate change. All properties benefit from solar panels and electric car charging points, helping tenants to reduce their fuel bills and at the same time reducing the scheme’s carbon footprint.
Estimates suggest that solar panels fitted to an average 3 bedroom home at this development could save the household as much as £900 per year in energy bills (based on projected energy prices for 2022/23) and reduce the building’s carbon footprint by more than 400kg of carbon emissions annually – the same amount of CO2 that’s emitted by driving 1,900 miles in a diesel car.
Dan, who lives in one of the apartments at Southwater Way told us: “As a sole occupant the fact the apartment building benefits from solar panels is extremely positive for me. Now more than ever, I am looking for ways to combat the rising cost of living – as well as helping to do my bit for the environment. I love my new home, it is spacious, homely and the location is perfect. I often find myself not even turning on the TV as I can sit and admire the views across the borough and beyond right from my sofa. I can also walk to work, to the gym and reach many local amenities right from my front door which for me is priceless. The whole move in process with Nuplace has been really smooth. I have really enjoyed the countdown since reserving the property at the start of the year knowing it is a brand new home that I can call my own.”
The development has been built by Nuplace’s building partner, Lovell and features 46, one, two, three and four bedroom homes for a mixture of private and affordable rent.
Councillor Richard Overton, Cabinet Member for Housing, Enforcement & Transport said:
“Southwater Way has been a hugely popular site from the offset with our record number of applications received as soon as we launched the site. We know this high interest was due to the sustainable aspect of the development which is supporting tenants with the soaring energy prices particularly as we approach the colder months. It was always our aspiration to ensure that Nuplace lead the way in delivering sustainable homes and I am delighted that residents will benefit first hand.”
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) invested around £460,000 into this development as part of its brownfield first approach which involves regenerating the region’s former industrial sites and vacant urban plots, helping to protect the Green Belt.
Nuplace currently has 464 homes in the borough with 66 currently under construction at its next site, Wild Walk, off Donnington Wood Way.
Telford and Wrekin Homes, which is the council’s latest housing initiative, also currently offers 12 properties for private and affordable rent as a part of an extensive renovation programme which aims to raise the standards in the private rental sector across Telford and Wrekin.
Wild Walk is also striving to be a highly sustainable development with Nuplace working alongside partners, Wrekin Housing Group and Lovell Partnerships Ltd to deliver PV panels and car charging across the development as well as introducing a number of ‘Future Homes Standard’ properties which go beyond current building regulation requirements for insulation and energy performance.
Anyone who is interested in Nuplace homes can register their interest at www.nuplace.co.uk to be among the first to hear about new developments.