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Eco-friendly housing nears completion

PUBLISHED: 11:17 28 December 2009 | UPDATED: 09:02 01 August 2010

WORK is nearing completion on a £1.2m eco-friendly housing development that will provide affordable homes for people living in a Suffolk village.

The 10 properties are being built on Peasenhall Road in Walpole, near Halesworth, and will be available from March next year.

WORK is nearing completion on a £1.2m eco-friendly housing development that will provide affordable homes for people living in a Suffolk village.

The 10 properties are being built on Peasenhall Road in Walpole, near Halesworth, and will be available from March next year.

The scheme - developed by Flagship Suffolk Heritage - comprises two one-bedroom flats, two two-bedroom flats, two two-bedroom houses, two three-bedroom houses and two two-bedroom earth-sheltered bungalows, all for affordable rent.

The homes are intended to be self-sufficient in terms of energy supply and consumption - with eight of the ten properties using electric heating with solar thermal technology and the remaining two having air-source heat pumps, solar thermal hot water, photovoltaics (for electricity supply) and rainwater harvesting.

Walpole Parish Council chairman Zoé Mair said: “The nature of villages has changed over the years but with this new development, local people will be able to stay close to their families and places of work.

“Sustainability is not all about transport and amenities, it's about social cohesion, the glue that keeps a community together, to bring more life into the village of Walpole and give a balance.”

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