Plans for over 200 Bridport eco-homes enter next stage

Plans for over 200 Bridport eco-homes enter next stage

Published by George Sharpe at 12:01am 7th March 2020. (Updated at 7:15am 7th March 2020)

Plans for over 200 eco-homes in Bridport will go before Dorset Council.

Smarter Community Projects unveiled their plans for the Watton Village development last month.

800 people attended the consultation event on February 14th, where residents shared their thoughts on the project.

185 of the homes will be fore rent, 25 for shared ownership and 25 will be for sale.

Watton village

Some concerns were raised about the impact on neighboring areas due to a possible rise in local traffic and the dependency on local infrastructure.

Bridport Town Councillor, Ros Kayes said: 

"We have small hope of government funded social rented homes in Bridport so social investment by a private company that will build privately-rented homes at between 60 and 80 per cent of market rates and make them available to local people, seems arealistic and positive option.

"it's also a development that has really strong proposals in terms of green energy.

"I hope that steps can be take to address some of the concerns that people have. I feel this is a really positive move"

They're now taking their proposals before Dorset Council to get opinions about planning, highways and how to include Areas of Natural Beauty.

The date of the pre-application debate at Dorset Council has not yet been released. 

What are Eco-Homes?

Every building in the development will have its own built in solar panels, water conservation system and heat recovery. They say energy costs for every resident will be far lower than standard homes.

Smart Community Projects say 426 households are stuck on the Bridport Housing Register.

They're a Community Interest Company, meaning they're a not-for-profit organisation and must use the money they make for the community.

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