Work starts on 20 new environmentally-friendly properties

Work starts on 20 new environmentally-friendly properties

Work has started on an exciting, environmentally friendly development, which Pickering and Ferens Homes is working in partnership with Hull City Council on.

The Junella Fields development, in the Dairycoates Avenue area of west Hull, will see 38 eco friendly houses and bungalows being built by developer Keepmoat Homes – the first in the city to achieve Sustainable Homes Code Level 4 – in an area at the heart of a massive regeneration initiative.

Of these, 20 will belong to Pickering and Ferens Homes and 18 will be council houses. A grant of £1.2m from the Homes and Communities Agency has enabled the scheme by Pickering and Ferens Homes to go ahead. Work started on site on January 17th, 2011.

Typically the homes at Junella Fields will feature cavity, loft and underfloor insulation, on-site recycling of water, high energy efficiency boilers and high performance double glazed windows and doors. Homes built to this standard can help cut annual heating bills by up to 75 per cent on traditional properties.

Roger Elliot, Director of Pickering and Ferens Homes, said: “The association is looking forward to developing these homes in partnership with the Hull City Council and others, which will ensure that local residents will be able to live in the areas of their choice and in very energy efficient homes.”

Councillor Rick Welton, Hull City Council portfolio holder for housing and regeneration said: “The start of work on this site is excellent news for local residents and a real boost to our plans to drive up the quality and choice of housing across the city.”

St. Andrew’s Councillor Nadine Fudge, whose ward includes the Junella Fields site, added: “We have been campaigning for development on this site for a long time so this is a huge milestone.

“It signals a massive improvement to the area as well as creating more local jobs.”

David Ward, managing director with Keepmoat Homes Yorkshire, commented: “We are delighted to be continuing our work to regenerate this part of Hull.”

Lisa Jones, area manager at the HCA said: “We are really pleased that our investment in new properties at Junella Fields is now turning into a reality to help local people move into the homes they want.”

Roger confirmed that the work on 14 two bedroomed bungalows and 6 two bedroomed houses for rent by people over the age of 60 had commenced in January 2011.
He stated that he hopes some of these properties may be available during the summer and that all properties will be completed by the end of March 2012.