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Surrey scheme promises user-centric approach

The housing company, along with Waugh Thistleton Architects and Sustaining Chobham, plans to build the net zero development in a mature woodland setting on Mincing Lane at the edge of the village.

The homes will be designed in partnership with the local community. They will also be owned and managed by locals and will be available to them at 20-40% below market prices.

The development contains several sustainable elements and others aimed at increasing wellbeing. They will be feature rooftop photovoltaic arrays to negate the need for fossil fuel combustion and reduce energy bills, and will be constructed off-site using timber to minimise disruption to the surrounding environment.

The homes will also be clustered around shared spaces and their gardens will be created without using tall fences and barriers to provide an unbroken view of the woodland landscape. Furthermore, a commitment has been made to retain and enhance the existing woodland and the living spaces will be pedestrian-dominated.

 "Our vision for the site is to build homes for people on everyday salaries where it’s easy and convenient to make sustainable choices and for people to get to know their neighbours," says Sue Riddlestone, ceo of Bioregional.

"This is a new model of property development and home ownership which we are excited to be pioneering. It’s early days, but there is such a lot of interest. We have been contacted by a number of community organisations and landowners and have half a dozen follow-on projects in the pipeline already."

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