Eco Village, South Bank
The £3.5m Eco Village was completed in March 2012 and uptake of the properties was high with only five of the twenty six properties unallocated or not sold (subject to contracts) by the end of June 2012. A stunning show home, featuring the latest environmentally friendly technology, was officially opened on Friday January 27 and this was one of the first properties to be snapped up.
Local people who have strongly supported the development were among the guests of honour when the showpiece property was revealed by the Mayor of Redcar & Cleveland, Councillor Olwyn Peters, Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) Chief Executive Pat Ritchie and Gentoo Chief Executive Peter Walls.
Ms Ritchie said: "It is fantastic to be able to come back and see how much has been achieved since my last visit.
"These 26 homes, whether newly-built or refurbished, provide an example of what can be achieved by strong local partnerships and are a tribute to all the efforts of the community partnership, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council and Gentoo.
The Eco Village involves 15 new houses being built, with four of those meeting the Government's challenging 'Code for Sustainable Homes' level six standard - the first of their kind in the area to emit no carbon dioxide.
Homeowners can expect to save up to £1,000 a year on energy bills, compared to those in traditional properties.
A further 11 terraced properties, in Queen Street, have been fully refurbished and are available to rent or buy through shared-equity schemes.
Mr Walls said: "We are delighted to have been involved in the regeneration of South Bank. At Gentoo, we aim to make a positive mark on the future by investing in people, the planet and property, and Low Pastures is an excellent example of this.
"The development has not only brought new housing to the area, it has also created employment opportunities and engaged the community of South Bank. We hope that this bespoke development will meet customer and community aspirations which are sustainable in the future."
The project received £936,000 in funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
15 of the homes were marketed for outright sale, with a range of options including shared ownership and Rent to HomeBuy and 11 homes to rent through Gentoo Homes. For the latest availability see the sales page here or contact Gentoo Homes directly.
Eco Village listed in the top 50 affordable housing developments in the UK, 2012.