Green energy fuels new housing development in the Blyth area

Northumberland-based house builder Ascent Homes is using innovation to overcome the challenges associated with the location of one of its sites.

Thursday, 10th October 2019, 1:59 pm
Updated Wednesday, 23rd October 2019, 2:42 pm
From left, Claire Scott, George Parks and Coun Richard Wearmouth, chairman of Advance Northumberland.
From left, Claire Scott, George Parks and Coun Richard Wearmouth, chairman of Advance Northumberland.

In a first for the developer, its houses at Meadow View, Bebside, have been specifically designed to run off air source heat pumps to generate the energy needed to heat the properties.

Head of sales and marketing, Claire Scott, said: “We pride ourselves on turning any negatives on site into positives.

“When it became apparent that there was no mains gas on Meadow View, which was once an agricultural site, we wanted to look for a low energy, sustainable way of heating the homes.

“Clearly, heating with oil wouldn’t tick this box, so along with the design team we investigated alternatives, arriving at the air source option.

“The feedback we are getting from residents is fantastic.”

According to the air source heat pump manufacturer, Daikin, 80 per cent of the energy required to heat the homes comes freely from the outside environment.

George and Linda Parks were the first residents to move in at Meadow View.

Speaking about the benefits of the air source system, George said: “When we first saw the development at Meadow View, we knew we loved the houses and the location, but were a little unsure of the Daikin systems.

“Our concerns were unfounded. The system is easy to use and highly efficient, and our energy bills have dropped significantly.”