24 Aug 2022
Northstone submits detailed plans for energy-efficient homes in Lancaster
Detailed plans for 74 sustainable new homes in South Lancaster have been submitted by North West-based homebuilder Northstone.
Development of the land to the west of Scotforth Road (A6) was previously given the green light by Lancaster City Council in April 2021. The Northstone team has now submitted a reserved matters application – confirming the details and layout of new homes, green open spaces and planting.
The plans prioritise high-quality design, with construction methods proposed to minimise waste and the homes kitted out with technology and building fabric improvements that make them super energy efficient, cutting carbon emissions and energy bills for owners. Homes will also be fitted with solar panels, providing a direct source of renewable energy. Elsewhere, measures are planned to increase biodiversity. Around half the site (2.6 acres) will be dedicated to new public space, with natural play areas for families to explore, footpaths, a dedicated eco wetland area, over 195 trees, and new grassland creating a green extension to the existing community.
As well as providing a boost for the local economy, the site is also set to create up to 40 new jobs and apprenticeships during construction.
Bernadette Barry, Development Manager for Northstone, said: “We said we’d set a high bar for new build homes in Lancaster and that’s exactly what we’ve done. Not only do the submitted plans feature green initiatives – from open spaces and walking routes to extensive planting, hedgehog highways and plenty of bird and bat boxes – the homes and their setting have been designed to a really high standard.
“We want to actively challenge the perception of what new build homes can be. We’ve listened carefully to the community and the Council’s aspirations for the site, and are proud to submit a design that is sustainable, attractive and is a high-quality response to the need for more homes locally.”
The site is already earmarked for new homes in the City Council’s Lancaster South Broad Location for Growth. Submission follows community consultation earlier this year, which has helped shape the design significantly. Changes include a reduction in the number of homes, the introduction of bungalows and the inclusion of more walking and direct cycling routes to reduce car-reliance.
Northstone, part of Peel L&P, plan to cater for a range of different needs for homes at the site, set to be called ‘Breacla’ meaning ‘a dappled day of sun and rain’. It will feature affordable one and two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom houses, ideal for those trying to take their first step on the housing ladder, in addition to larger four and five bed houses for growing families and ground-floor accessible apartments for people looking to downsize.
If approved, Northstone hopes to be on site in early 2023. Those wanting to register an early interest now can do so by visiting: https://northstone.co.uk/development/breacla/
The submission follows a sustained period of growth for the homebuilder, who set out to challenge perceptions of new builds with innovative design features including big windows, high ceilings and adaptable spaces.
The company is currently gearing up to launch new sites in Wigan, Bolton and Cheshire, with homes already for sale in Westhoughton (Greater Manchester) and Barrowford (Lancashire).
For more information about Northstone, click here: Peel L&P - Northstone (peellandp.co.uk)