Spring 2022 start date for construction of environmentally-friendly housing project in Exeter

Construction work on a new environmentally-friendly housing project in the Whipton area of Exeter is set to start in spring 2022.

The Gardens, in Vaughan Road, will feature 92 energy efficient Passivhaus-standard homes.

It is being built by the city council-owned development company Exeter City Living.

Sixty of the dwellings will be ‘affordable’ and kept as new council housing, while 32 will be for market rent.

Plans to redevelop the plot were approved in February 2020.

An artist's impression of the new development in Whipton. Image: Exeter City Council

An artist’s impression of the new development in Whipton. Image: Exeter City Council

Passivhaus-standard homes need up to 90 per cent less energy to heat.

The Whipton development is part of Exeter city Council’s wider plans to create 500 such dwellings in the next five years and will feature a ‘biodiverse’ green space

Private gardens, an electric car club, electric vehicle hook-ups and extensive cycle parking have also been included in the design.

Colourful artworks created by schoolchildren and residents was recently unveiled at the site.

More than 50 pupils from Whipton Barton School and Willowbrook School, plus families at the Beacon Community Centre, participated in the workshops as part of the project.

Schoolchildren helped with community artworks at the site. Image: Exeter City Council

Schoolchildren helped with community artworks at the site. Image: Exeter City Council

Councillor Ruth Williams, lead for supporting people, who helped with the coordination of the community effort, said: “I know that the people of Whipton will enjoy the artwork and it will be there at the front of this wonderful development, where we will have 92 homes for local people, including 60 council socially-rented homes, and I am so happy to see this.”

Jen Cordwell, of Whipton Barton school, added: “It was a really unique and exciting opportunity for our children to get involved in.

“They were very excited to learn that their work would be so visible! The style of art and skills involved meant that all children could take part in the project and they very much enjoyed the freedom within it to explore their individual creativity.”

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