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More than 60 green homes to be built in Hutton

Around 70 per cent of the houses will be affordable (Credit: Brentwood Council)

Plans to build 62 zero carbon homes in Hutton have been approved by Brentwood Council.

The properties will be developed in Brookfield Close as part of a wider scheme to develop 185 new homes on council owned land. 

It is the first time a large number of affordable homes will be created in the area since the 1940s and the post-war expansion. 

Cllr Jon Cloke described the scheme as a “major innovation” and claimed it is “being flagged nationally as the way to do a carbon zero development.” 

He said: “The emphasis on zero carbon in use – which means the amount of carbon emissions associated with the properties’ operational energy is zero or negative – is so important for the green agenda and of course the health of those living in the homes and the environment overall.”

The homes will offer ground source heat pumps for heating, maximise solar energy and capture heat from wastewater to revert into energy again. 

The designs for the properties will also centre around improving air quality to help support local people who have asthma.

Cllr Maria Pearson added: “Of the new homes 70% will be affordable housing, that’s 44 properties which will become available to help relieve the housing shortage we face.

“Brookfield Close will feature green infrastructure with community and private green spaces, an outdoor gym, water feature, children’s play areas and allotments – which all contribute dramatically to individual and community wellbeing.”

Local residents were consulted before the plans were approved. 

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