Visiting Mayors from across the country enjoyed a tour of a pioneering community-led housing development that will be truly affordable as well as sustainable.
Bridport Cohousing is now well into the construction of Hazelmead – a community of 53 eco homes where residents can grow food, cook and eat together, car share, do laundry and even have shared guest rooms.
The largest project of its kind in the UK, half of the homes are available for social rent through BCHA.
Demonstrating a very different solution to the housing problem, Hazelmead is designed to be affordable, high quality, energy efficient, climate resilient and nature friendly.
It will be managed by the community itself and also aims to reduce its collective carbon footprint by 40% in the first five years through a host of sustainable methods.
There will be solar panels on all the houses and a large battery store and site-wide micro-grid to maximise the use of solar power.
The houses will be heated using the electricity generated by the solar panels and air source heat pumps.
This new neighbourhood approach to zero carbon energy generation has been grant-funded by Low Carbon Dorset.
Homes England have provided a generous grant toward the cost of the build and Dorset Council provided a grant towards the land purchase.
CAF Venturesome and Power for Change also provided revenue grants for predevelopment costs.