Ward Hadaway helps on pioneering green housing scheme | 10 June 11

LAW firm Ward Hadaway has played its part on a multi-million pound eco-friendly housing development.

Property and public sector lawyers from the firm advised Redcar & Cleveland Council on the procurement of a developer for an Eco Village in South Bank on Teesside.

The £3.5m development will see 15 new homes built and 11 existing homes refurbished on Normanby Road in South Bank by Sunderland-based developer Gentoo Homes.

The two and three-bedroom properties will have a range of eco-friendly energy-saving features, including triple-glazed windows and doors, photo-voltaic roof panels to capture solar energy, composting facilities and a mechanical ventilation heat recovery system.

Eleven of the new homes will be built to level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes with the remaining four at level 6, the highest level which can be achieved on the Code, which is used by the Government to measure the sustainability of new housing.

It is thought these green technologies will save householders up to £1,000 a year while measures on the refurbished properties are set to reduce carbon emissions by over 75% and cut fuel bills by up to 75%.

These measures will make the Eco Village the first zero carbon housing development in Redcar & Cleveland.

Ward Hadaway advised Redcar & Cleveland Council on a range of matters concerning the development, including the development agreement for the site, negotiations with bidders for the development and the procurement process.

The firm’s team working on the development was led by Partner Sarah Jones and Associate Keith Wilkinson from Ward Hadaway’s specialist public sector team.

Sarah Jones said: “We are delighted to have helped Redcar & Cleveland Council’s vision of an environmentally-friendly, sustainable housing development become a reality.

“The newly built and refurbished properties are being constructed to the highest environmental standards, which is great news for the planet, as well as for those who will be living inside the new homes.

“The fact that some of the original houses on the street are being retained and refurbished means that the development also holds on to some of the area’s heritage as well as looking forward to the future.”

Ward Hadaway advised on the project as part of the firm’s contract to provide legal advice to all five Tees Valley local authorities.

Councillor Lynn Pallister, Cabinet Member for Housing and Neighbourhood Renewal and Redcar & Cleveland Council, said: “We are grateful to Ward Hadaway for their valuable advice on this innovative development.

“It means for the first time in a long time that people are coming and building houses here. We’ve worked towards this for many, many years and it’s a sign of confidence in the local community.”

The development, which has received £936,000 in funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), is expected to be completed by March next year.

The houses will be available for sale, with a range of options including shared ownership and Rent to HomeBuy. Homes will also be available to rent through Gentoo.

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