The Parks Trust is seeking planning permission to build a state-of-the-art energy saving house on the edge of Howe Park Wood.
The new house, called The Passive House, will be built to PassivHaus standard which is the world’s leading standard for energy efficient construction, will replace a derelict house formerly owned by the Homes and Communities Agency. It is the first house of its type to be built in Milton Keynes and one of only a handful in the UK.
The Trust’s ecologist has recommended that the parkland area between the existing property and Howe Park Wood be enhanced for wildlife including the restoration of the overgrown pond, wildflower meadow and the orchard. The Trust will also put up 24 bat boxes in then wood and install some amphibian friendly road kerbs so that newts can cross Hengistbury Lane more easily!
Typically the new energy efficient house will achieve an energy saving of 90% compared to the building of an ordinary house. The sustainable home aims to achieve zero carbon emissions through its PassivHaus construction, high levels of insulation, photo voltaic panels, water conservation, heat recovery and ventilation and will hopefully attract a family interested in leading a more sustainable lifestyle.
Once the property has been built it will be rented and all income will be returned to The Parks Trust and reinvested into the parks of Milton Keynes.
The house has been designed by Ecodesign Consultants, architects and environmental consultants based in Bletchley and will be developed by Jackson Coles, construction consultants based at Caldecotte. The main contractor will be Parkway based at Woolstone. If the planning application is successful building would begin in the autumn and complete early next summer.
Details of the house are on display at the Parish Council offices at Westcroft or further information is available from The Parks Trust 01908 233600. The planning application (ref: 11/01554/FUL) will be available to view at Milton Keynes Council’s offices and will also be online at www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/development-control.