Plans for more affordable energy efficient council homes for Bournemouth

Posted on Wednesday 10 June 2020

More affordable energy efficient council homes for local people are planned for a former care home site in Redhill, Bournemouth.

A development of 27 apartments on the site of the council-owned former care home, Templeman House in Leedam Road will be considered by Councillors at Cabinet on 24 June 2020.

Plans for a four-storey development includes:

- 16 x one-bed apartments

- 11 x two-bed apartments

The development would be built to high energy efficiency ‘Passiv Haus’ standards which means that the properties will reduce energy demand by up to 90% compared to a building complying to current UK building regulations. The property will have solar panels and ground source heat pump heating systems as well as dedicated off-road parking for residents.

The homes would be available for social rent and allocated to those currently waiting on the council’s housing register.

Councillor Kieron Wilson, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “We are committed to providing more social housing across Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch. We are facing a continued demand for affordable housing for local people, particularly for those waiting on the housing register and by progressing this scheme we can provide more homes for those that desperately need them.

“I’m also pleased to see that the development will be constructed under Passiv Haus standards, an approach that we are taking more and more across the area, helping to balance the need for housing whilst ensuring we are meeting the council’s commitment to become carbon neutral, increase energy efficiency and protect our environment.”

If approved the scheme will progress with the aim to start construction by the end of the year.

The development will cost approximately £6.4M funded by the council.

The report will go to Overview and Scrutiny on 15 June before being considered at Cabinet.