Eco-friendly affordable homes to have solar panels and air source heat ‘as standard’, says developer

Does this herald a new energy sustainable future in development or is it just “greenwashing” by Burrington Estates? – Owl

Affordable homes being built at an eco-friendly development in East Devon will have solar panels and air source heat pumps.

Becca Gliddon

Burrington Estates recently secured planning permission to build 34 ‘sustainable’ new homes at Winslade Park, in Clyst St Mary, East Devon, including four affordable two and three-bedroom properties.

The developer said the new homes – including the affordable properties – will have air source heat pumps for hot water, underfloor heating, and solar panels ‘as standard’.

Eco-friendly additions across the development include electric car charging points, bee bricks, bat boxes and bird boxes.

And ten trees for each new home built will be planted in a bid to offset the development’s carbon footprint.

The developer plans to launch the residential phase in the autumn when it hosts a dedicated evening event for prospective buyers.

Mark Edworthy, managing director of Burrington Estates, said: “We are delighted to be introducing this new residential phase to our gorgeous Winslade Park development.

“The sustainable homes will provide much-needed housing in the area and are the perfect addition to the site, which already provides the ultimate in leisure opportunities and commercial space.”

Promoting the new homes launch event, the developer said: “Sustainability is at the forefront of our commitment to the environment, and Burrington Estates are taking the essential steps necessary to create a greener, more carbon-neutral footprint for the projects delivered.

“All homes across both developments will feature PV solar panels and underfloor heating and hot water will be supplied through an air source heat pump.

“Moreover, to offset the carbon footprint of construction, the planting of ten trees per home through More:Trees will sequester an estimated 69 tonnes of carbon, ensuring Burrington Estates continues to lead the way into a sustainable, more environmentally friendly world.”

The 86-acre site, with sports and leisure facilities, earlier received £28-million of funding from Paragon Development Finance.

2 thoughts on “Eco-friendly affordable homes to have solar panels and air source heat ‘as standard’, says developer

  1. It’s a real pity that Burrington’s have had to chop down so many trees in the car park to overcome the the objections by EDDC planning department! The towering blocks of flats don’t fit well in a village. Burlington’s re-design your awful lego blocks, put some thought into it! Houses are your thing!


  2. Many of us are distracted by ‘green-washing’ PR tactics, whereby we accept carbon offsetting to make up for developmental pollution. This leads us to believe companies’ token gestures of promoting certain ‘green’ features, whilst ignoring other important environmental issues.
    The provision of 38 homes with air source heat pumps, solar panels and electric charging points is certainly a step in the right direction – but, let us remember, that this site was approved on a high-grade, agricultural, green field protected against development in both the current EDDC Local and the Bishops Clyst Neighbourhood Plans!

    Burrington Estates are also seeking planning approval for 40 x 4.5 storey apartments opposite Winslade Manor, which will tower over trees in a TPO protected woodland and overlook existing homes. Trees and hedgerows have already been felled and destroyed (during this year’s bird nesting season), with proposals for more significant felling of mature trees, upper-canopy lopping and understorey clearance in this bio-diverse woodland to accommodate the sky-high 40 flats -but will this habitat loss for multiple species, glaring light pollution, destruction of bat roosts and foraging flight paths be mitigated by the offer of bee bricks, bat and bird boxes, when the Developers have already ‘chipped to sawdust’ previous bird boxes during this Spring?

    Eco-friendly additions across both developments appear to offer the solution to the impending doom of climate change – but are we being hoodwinked and ‘led up the garden path’? Hopefully readers, especially planning decision makers, will have the environmental proficiency to know the difference and protect our East Devon natural world for all of our futures?


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