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Green homes plan for Portland approved
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Borough councillors have given the go-ahead for a low carbon housing development on Portland. The planning approval, issued by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, is now conditional on a Section 106 agreement being signed between the authority and developer ZeroC.

Once the agreement is signed, it will trigger an investment of up to £500,000 in community facilities from the sale of the site.

ZeroC will work with the South West Regional Development Agency to build 77 low carbon homes on agency-owned land at Osprey Quay.

An agency spokesman said the project is the latest step in a £40 million regeneration of the former Royal Navy air station and it is hoped it will have created 1,400 jobs on the island by 2016.

The agency’s head of regeneration for Dorset Alison Hatcher said: “We’re delighted that the borough’s planners have approved this landmark scheme for Portland.

“The agency is leading the South West’s transition to a low carbon economy and with the support of ZeroC this new community will show how it can be done.”

The homes will use wood pellet boilers, rainwater harvesting systems, solar water heating and solar panels to generate electricity.

It is hoped that the homes will reduce carbon emissions by more than half compared with conventional new properties, with residents having the option to join an ‘electric car club’ to further reduce emissions.

The managing director of Dorchester-based ZeroC Kim Slowe, a former Royal Navy helicopter pilot who was based at Portland, said: “We believe this will be an exemplary development of which both we and the local community will be very proud and is yet another facet to the ongoing regeneration of Osprey Quay.”

The scheme will include 19 ‘affordable homes’ for local people, varying in size from one to three bedrooms.

A ZeroC spokesman said the developer will make improvements at the nearby Victoria Gardens, by adding new seating and play facilities, and at Officer’s Field, which will be retained under the scheme.

Developers will also create a ‘state of the art’ skate park to replace the existing one and make improvements to Osprey Quay Leisure Centre.

The houses have been designed by architects HTA and will be built to meet level four sustainable homes standards.

ZeroC is one of the developers that was involved in the Poundbury development in Dorchester. The firm will start work in September and is expected to take two years.

Credits:: Dan Goater / Dorset Echo

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