Wirral's new super-green homes will cut energy costs

Father Christmas joins residents and Wirral's mayor and mayoress, Cllr Gerry and Margaret Ellis

Residents with mayor and mayoress Gerry and Margaret Ellis and representatives from Wirral Partnership Homes

First published in News

Residents of some of the greenest homes ever built in Wirral will save £250 a year it has been revealed.

And Christmas came early for the 12 householders in Cornfield Close, Woodchurch when mayor Gerry Ellis handed out special gifts to them to celebrate completion of the venture.

Local children from Woodchurch will also savour some early Christmas sparkle when Santa Claus distributes presents as part of the celebration.

The Wirral Partnership Homes affordable homes project will feature thermal panels and high levels of insulation to keep heating costs down.

Steve Eaves, WPH’s assistant director for planning, said an analysis of the first phase of the scheme indicated that tenants would save around £250 a year in heating bills compared with traditional homes.

Other features of the cul-de-sac properties include low flush toilets, low flow showers, shallower baths and “aerated” taps – all designed to consume less energy.

The £1m scheme replaces a block of empty shops, maisonettes and a disused scout hut. The site was cleared about five years ago and the first phase of the project was completed in 2009.

All the new homes are now occupied.

Woodchurch schoolboy Michael Ross, who won a competition to name the new road, will be a special guest when Cllr Ellis launches the scheme along with representatives from partner agencies.

Woodchurch CE Aided Primary School scholars will add a musical notes by singing carols and Wallasey Rotary and Lions Clubs will provide a musical Santa sleigh for Father Christmas to ride on.

Councillor Ellis commented: “It is wonderful to see affordable new homes being built.”

Contractors for the development were Manchester-based Wates Living Space; architects were Ainsley Gommon from Birkenhead and Savills from Liverpool were the quantity surveyors.

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11:04am Thu 20 Dec 12

spamfiend says...

I think the savings in one respect is a great idea, but I am sure they will be offset over a year by the huge rents WPH will charge for people to live in them.
I think the savings in one respect is a great idea, but I am sure they will be offset over a year by the huge rents WPH will charge for people to live in them. spamfiend
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11:14am Thu 20 Dec 12

don't look back in anger says...

well it's a bonus that Bramalls are not building them, because they have just completed an insulating contract on the houses in my area and we've had nothing but trouble from these cowboys. I personally have had two sheds damaged, a step ladder stolen. a hosepipe stolen an expensive garden ornament shattered and yet not one person has been held accountable since it happened in july. WPH or Bramalls have offered no compensation even though they have photographic proof that there was no damage etc before they started the contract.
well it's a bonus that Bramalls are not building them, because they have just completed an insulating contract on the houses in my area and we've had nothing but trouble from these cowboys. I personally have had two sheds damaged, a step ladder stolen. a hosepipe stolen an expensive garden ornament shattered and yet not one person has been held accountable since it happened in july. WPH or Bramalls have offered no compensation even though they have photographic proof that there was no damage etc before they started the contract. don't look back in anger
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6:46pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Positive thinker says...

Another load of self praise,last week food bank this week aload of nonsense
they quoted 1 million its probably nearer 2 million they can't count
Another load of self praise,last week food bank this week aload of nonsense they quoted 1 million its probably nearer 2 million they can't count Positive thinker
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