Passivhaus scheme in Warwickshire gets the go-ahead

Planning permission has been granted for Warwickshire’s first ever Passivhaus scheme, announced the Warwickshire Rural Housing Association (WRHA).

The development in Wootten Wawen will comprise 12 properties for affordable rent and two for shared ownership, all designed and built to the rigorous Passivhaus standard for ultra-low energy buildings.

The 14 new properties, seven of which will be bungalows, are being developed in partnership with Waterloo Housing Group and will be sited on land owned by Allens Caravans adjacent to the A3400.

Stratford-on- Avon District Councillor, Simon Lawton, said:

“I was delighted to support this Parish Council led proposal, was impressed by the extensive consultation within the village and also by its excellent design philosophy.

“Whilst development in the greenbelt is never ideal, I concluded that this is the best available site for such specialist development in Wootton Wawen.”

Funding of £460,000 has been agreed for the evelopment with Stratford-on-Avon District Council along with £350,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) software is being used to ensure the specifications for quality approved passive houses are met and a Passivhaus accreditor will be assigned to the development with stringent checks made regarding every aspect of the build.

The aim is to achieve a 70 per cent reduction in the amount of energy required for space heating and cooling, while also creating excellent indoor air quality.

This includes orientating the homes to maximise solar gain, fitting triple glazing and superior levels of insulation, and calculating heat losses and gains throughout the fabric of the building.

WRHA Company Secretary, Craig Felts, commented:

“As well as bringing much needed affordable homes to local people, this new development will help to tackle rural fuel poverty while protecting our climate.”

“This may well set an important precedent for similar villages within the district to promote their own limited affordable schemes designed to meet specific local needs.”

Work is expected to start on site at Wootton Wawen this Summer.