New homes should be ‘green’

Cute English cottage with a thatched roof
Cute English cottage with a thatched roof

IF more new houses must be built in the Ribble Valley, they should be as “eo-friendly” as possible, according to a leading local councillor.

“Ribble Valley is under siege from developers who want to build houses on green field sites,” said Coun. Ken Hind.

“So we should consider obliging these would-be builders for the future to construct zero carbon homes as part as a drive to make the area more eco-friendly and preserve it’s clean and rural nature.”

Coun. Hind, who is also senior vice-chairman of Ribble Valley Conservatives, added: “As a local council Ribble Valley Borough has encouraged local people to make their homes more ‘green’, pointing the way to grants to assist as well as examining ways in which we can make the buildings and services of the council more green and clean.

“We should support the Housing Minister Grant Shapps, who announced a tough but realistic definition for zero carbon homes that strikes the right balance between delivering the zero carbon homes for the future and creating the right conditions to get the homes the country needs built.

“As we move towards finalising the Core Strategy – the plan for housing and industry for the Ribble Valley for the next 20 years – we should be looking to factor eco-friendly housing into the strategy.

“We should prepare to respond positively to the Government’s consultation with local government and the construction industry on the zero carbon guidelines for future house building after 2016.”

The Government’s proposals for the Zero Carbon Homes standard – the standard to which all new homes started after 2016 must be built – will set tough conditions to ensure that new homes do not add to the country’s carbon footprint.