Project due to complete this summer

A new development of 18 homes in Christow is due to complete in August 2016.  These homes have been built to an extremely high environmental standard known as Passivhaus.  This is a design that has been developed in Germany. It results in very low energy buildings that require little heating or cooling to ensure low energy bills combined with a comfortable living environment.

Devon Communities Together has been involved in this project since 2009 when they carried out a housing needs survey which identified a need for affordable homes for local people in the village.

Following the survey negotiations took place between the Parish Council, DCT and Dartmoor National Park Authority to discuss the various sites and the number of homes that would be most suitable.

The Christow Community Land Trust was formed in 2011 and worked in partnership with the Wessex CLT project and Aster Homes who helped to drive the project forward.  This partnership successfully

DCT refreshed the housing needs survey in 2011 to ensure that the right number, size and tenure of homes were identified. This survey also explored the housing needs of older people in the parish. 

Following further development work planning permission for 18 units - 14 affordable and 4 discount market - was applied for in July 2013 and permission granted in March 2014. Pearce Construction Limited based in Barnstaple undertook the construction work and development started on site January 2014 and is due to complete in August 2016.

DCT also worked with the Community Land Trust, Teign Housing and Teignbridge District Council to ensure that all of the homes went to local people. Letters were sent to all those who had replied to the various surveys and those registered on the Devon wide housing register, called Devon Home Choice, to ensure people in housing need were aware of the homes and were registered to bid for them.

The homes are now allocated and new tenants will be moving in during late summer. 

 

PASSIVHAUS

some key facts and figures 

  • Constructed 10 times more airtight than required by current building regulations  
  • All windows are triple glazed and filled with Argon
  • Annual heating and hot water bills are expected to be in the region of £60 per year
  • This site is the first ever Passivhaus site to be constructed within a national park, anywhere in the world
  • External walls are 1.5 times thicker than a normal construction
  • The heating system re-uses warm air from kitchens and bathrooms to heat fresh cool air from outside to heat the building.

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