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Type3 Studio's zero-carbon Green Belt homes gain approval

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[First look] Type3 Studio has won planning permission for four large, zero-carbon, family homes in woodland in the Green Belt

The development site comprises a 1.5-acre parcel of industrial land occupied by a sheet-metal fabricating company.

The scheme aims for ‘a holistic environmental strategy, with a concern for future generations and the long-term health of its surrounding woodlands’.

A five-metre buffer zone, of thorny vegetation, rubble and deadwood will form the boundary of the site. The houses will be clustered around a central courtyard, reducing vehicular movements, and light pollution.

The houses will be partially sunken, and their undulating roof lines will have their highest point at the centre of the site, ‘minimizing visual intrusion and maximizing openness’ across the Green Belt. Bat roosting and bird feeding stations will be integrated into trees and other structures.

The project intends to attain a CfSH 6 star rating, through a combination of passive design, low consumption, high specification. Included is a communal heating centre fueled by locally available biomass, and roof top mounted PVCʼs. Drinking water will be taken from the on-site spring.

THe practice claims the existing industrial buildings will be dismantled and recycled ‘where possible’ and the construction methodology will be ‘synchronized around the breeding and nesting season of the wildlife’.

Type3 Studio said: ‘This unique residential community not only provides an example of exemplar zero carbon development, but serves to secure the well being of the woodlands and its habitats for the foreseeable future.

‘Furthermore it demonstrates that carbon neutral does not mean principles of high quality modern architecture need to be compromised. Instead they can work together, in symbiosis where nothing is wasted.’

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