Council homes in North East Derbyshire are set to benefit from a £3m improvement programme thanks to help from Government green homes funding.
North East Derbyshire District Council, working in partnership with Rykneld Homes, successfully bid for £575,000 towards the refurbishment of 113 homes in Mickley with the Council contributing a further £2.5m towards the scheme.
The council will help make a huge step in the right direction with reducing carbon emission as the money will be used to provide external wall insulation at the properties, which will make them easier to keep warm and reduce carbon by 1.3 tonnes per year per property, saving over a 100 tonnes of carbon each year for the properties in the scheme.
Councillor Alan Powell, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Housing and Communications, said: “The Council put forward a very strong bid for a share of the Government’s Green Homes funding and we are delighted to have received such a substantial amount”.
“We are committed to providing good quality Council homes in our district and are keen to explore all available funding streams to improve our stock, making homes easier to heat, more attractive and helping to reduce carbon emissions”.
“Reducing carbon emissions and combatting climate change is something we are passionate about and these huge amounts of carbon saved per year, over 100 tonnes, will have a significant impact on reducing the carbon levels in the area”.
“The total investment of approximately £3M also helps to boost the local economy as well as job and training opportunities. We look forward to bidding for further funding next year to continue our long-term investment in housing in North East Derbyshire.”
The houses in Mickley are of a non-traditional construction type which means they are not built out of the usual bricks and mortar but are built around a steel frame which makes them difficult to keep warm.
The refurbishment will see structural works carried out where needed and wall insulation fitted to the outside walls and then rendered to improve the visual appearance of the properties.
The benefits of the work include:
- Reduced heating costs
- Increased comfort for everyone living in the home
- Improved visual appearance of the homes and the estate
Work has already started on the scheme which is scheduled to be finished by April 2021.
The Government invited Councils to bid for £50m of Green Homes funding to improve the energy efficiency of low energy performing social housing. It is estimated tenants could save between £300 and £500 a year on their energy bills