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Super eco-friendly homes given green light by planners in Lincoln

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 18, 2012

  • Controversial: The City of Lincoln Council has granted planning permission to build 13 homes, which it's claimed will be 100 per cent energy efficient, on land by Albion Close, near Long Leys Road

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New homes to be built in Lincoln will be the first in the city to boast 100 per cent energy efficiency.

A total of 13 detached properties will be built on land by Albion Close, near Long Leys Road.

The homes, which the developer says will have the "highest environmental performance", will be the first of their kind to be built in the city.

The project will include a mixture of three-bedroom and four-bedroom houses, all with garages.

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It comes after proposals were approved by the planning committee at City of Lincoln Council.

An action group opposing the plans had been set up but a passionate speech by its leader Jacqui Briggs during the meeting couldn't prevent the plans being passed.

Planning committee member Ron Hills said: "Of course there will always be some resident who oppose these kinds of projects.

"But it is a good project on the whole and one I have to support."

The work is set to start next month. It will be completed within 18 months.

Substantial tree planting on the site has been proposed as well as the creation of new wildlife habitats.

The green buildings will also be positioned to maximise solar energy.

Four councillors voted for the plans, while two voted against and three abstained.

"There are a lot of residents who oppose these plans and of course we are disappointed with the outcome," said Mrs Briggs.

"There are quite a few children who live down Albion Close and it will affect them as it will the older people, too.

"I appreciate it's difficult for the councillors and I believe the fact there were more councillors who didn't vote for it than did is a moral victory."

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  • Lincoln_Biker  |  October 18 2012, 3:08PM

    My apologies ckb911x, I had interpreted your views as eco-warriorism. Through my clouded judgement against environmental friendlyness, I assumed you wanted an eco home so that you could park a Nissan Note on it. However, I admire your choice of wheels and your mentality to achieve the cashflow to support it.

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  • ckb911x  |  October 18 2012, 2:33PM

    Lincoln_Biker - I am fully aware of the damage battery powered vehicles cause to the environment - mining the raw materials and then trying to recycle the battery contents at end of life. Don't get me wrong on this I am by no way some kind of tree hugging ECO hippy. I drive an old LR Discovery for gods sake :-) I just likethe idea of living in a high performance, cheap to run home so that I can afford to run a low performance, expensive to run car :-) Even you must admit though that 99% of the current housing stock is - well - out of date. From what I can gather the best type of property for the UK climate is one that has a high thermal mass (ie thick, heavy walls) that is then highly insulated from the elements. So, a lot of Victorian properties through to 1930's would be good as they tend to be solid 9" thick walls but without any high perfomance insulation on the outside the heat losses are terrible. I never said it was a viable option just a Utopian one.

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  • Lincoln_Biker  |  October 18 2012, 1:58PM

    "In a Utopian world we would slowly be working through the existing housing stock and either knocking it down and rebuilding better or decreasing its running costs" Are you out of your mind? You really think that knocking down 25million houses to build new ones that are a few measly percent more efficient with energy is a good idea? I'll just get onto the phone to Caterpillar and get the bulldozers ready. Let me guess, you're the type that thinks that battery powered cars are good for the environment too?

  • ckb911x  |  October 18 2012, 12:28PM

    frenchfries59 - unfortunately the prices will be on the higher end - it comes with the territory of using new technologies. But as the green technology advances and becomes more wide spread the prices come down. It is worth it in the long run but it's a painfull jestation period - finacially. I used to work in the SAP industry producing the heat loss calculations for proposed new builds and before I left started to see the information surrounding what was necessary to gain the various certificates for Code For Sustainable Homes - the regulations of what is needed to gain this certificate are sound, however in my mind they do not actually go far enough. For example - All the appliances must be the highest energy efficiency possible (A+++ ? - I loose track) but The Code For Sustainable Homes does not take into account where the product was manufactured - so it could be the most energy efficient item ever but was produced in a factory in China poluting the enviroment to the highest levels and then transported by some clapped out old boat the UK and will never offset the carbon footprint created to get to the ECO house. Anyway, I am digressing. ECO builds now lead to more and cheaper ECO builds in the future. In a Utopian world we would slowly be working through the existing housing stock and either knocking it down and rebuilding better or decreasing its running costs.

  • frenchfries59  |  October 18 2012, 12:07PM

    I would be very very interested to know how much they will cost. Chances are they will be so expensive that it will negate any potential energy savings. I hope not though.

  • SherlockBones  |  October 18 2012, 11:47AM

    ckb911x - well said, the whole objection to these new homes has been another big match for NIMBY United.

  • SherlockBones  |  October 18 2012, 11:46AM

    ckb911x - well said, the whole objection to these new homes has been another big match for NIMBY United.

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  • ckb911x  |  October 18 2012, 11:28AM

    I have only just picked up on this story but having read the previous articles and comments I am sorry but the only think that springs to mind to say to the objectors is NIMBY. From what I can gather the development seems to be making a cul-de-sac bigger by 13 dwellings, its still going to be a cul-de-sac. 13 dwellings that are super efficient and will have less impact due to their carbon emmisions than any existing housing stock. I agree with the fact that Brown Field sites should really take presidence over green field development but even then there will always be the complaint by local residents of the increase in traffic. So it will always boil back down to the NIMBY mind set - The idea of being more ECO and new properies being more ECO will always be viewed as being necessary but for the most it will not be wanted in their back yard. I say to the residents of Albion Close - Embrace your new neighbours - envy them for the low running costs of their new homes - get to know them and the technology installed in these new properties and see if you can use it in your own to help you spend less on the running of your own homes. Life is not static, it evolves and changes.

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  • Lincoln_Biker  |  October 18 2012, 10:56AM

    "boast 100 per cent energy efficiency" This is a rediculous boast. If these houses were truly 100% energy efficient, then they'd only ever need to be heated once. What utter drivel. Perhaps the estate agents could sell them as having en-suite teleporters to the Starship Enterprise as well...

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  • still_fed_up  |  October 18 2012, 10:16AM

    I don't think its so much the development that residents are opposed to more so the ridiculous and dangerous access road to the site that the planners have allowed off of Albion Close.

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