One of the first residents to move into a new state-of-the-art home provided by Oldham Council says it has given her family a “whole new world”.
Louise has received the keys to a brand-new modern house at Primrose Bank, one of 19 five-bed, eco-friendly homes Oldham Council had purchased to boost the amount of affordable family accommodation in the area.
Louise said: “Oldham Council and everyone who has made this possible has changed mine and my children’s future. You have given us a new world, literally.
“We were previously living in a top floor two-bedroom maisonette – it was cramped, nobody had their own space, and I had even had to convert the utility room into a bedroom.
“Our new home is a kingdom. It has opened up so many opportunities for my family and for my children to thrive and prosper. It is amazing, and it will change our lives.”
Over the coming weeks, more families will move into seven of the homes, with the remaining 12 due to be handed over by the end of February. Each home will be let at affordable rent – up to 80% of market rent.
Cllr Hannah Roberts, cabinet member for Housing, said: “We are so happy to see the first families moving into their new homes, and we wish them every happiness for the future.
“These homes will make a real difference to the lives of local families for many years.
“With more properties coming forward, I urge anyone on the council’s housing register who needs a home of this type, to keep an eye out for the property advert and bid.”
Each home features renewable energy equipment including photovoltaic (PV) solar panels and modern electrical heating, reducing carbon emissions and each property’s reliance on the National Grid.
The smart technology has been fitted as part of a project called RED WoLF (Rethink Electricity Distribution Without Load Following) – an Interreg North-West Europe programme funded by the EU, within which Oldham Council is a key partner.
The technology combines solar PV renewable energy generation with battery storage and modern storage heaters. This allows the homes to use renewable energy within the property, as well as to store grid electricity when nobody wants it. Some utilities offer time-of-use tariffs, which this new technology can take advantage of to keep bills low.
Cllr Abdul Jabbar, deputy leader and cabinet member for Finance and Green, said: “This is another fantastic scheme which demonstrates Oldham’s commitment to fighting climate change and being the greenest borough in Greater Manchester.
“Not only will the sustainable technology make a positive difference to our environment, it will also reduce residents’ energy bills and save them money.
“We’re proud to be one of only six pilot schemes in the UK, Ireland, and France; and this combined with many other innovative projects across Oldham is paving the way for our ambitions to becoming carbon neutral as an organisation by 2025, and to leading the borough to carbon neutrality by 2030.”
Image: Louise and her four children look forward to life in their new home
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