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Somerlea

A social housing development of 7 zero operational carbon 2 storey houses

In collaboration with Mid Devon District Council, we have designed and achieved planning approval for this groundbreaking social-rented, zero-carbon operational development. This initiative helps maximise the Council’s provision for housing and parking by providing 7 high-quality energy-efficient homes. It aligns with Mid Devon District Council's ambitious objective to construct new affordable housing units and introduce innovative housing solutions.

Project Information

Client: Mid Devon District Council (MDDC)

Location: Somerlea, Willand, EX15 6PY

Building Solution: Permanent

Scope of works: Full Turnkey Service (RIBA Stage 0 – 7)

Status: Planning granted

Project Team

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Funding Supports

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Existing Site Condition
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Transforming our council-owned sites into affordable, low carbon homes that help towards our climate agenda is huge boost for the area.

Councillor Simon Clist

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing and Property Services

Mid Devon District Council

Brief

Building affordable & energy-efficient homes

Mid Devon District Council has received grant funding from the “Affordable Homes Program 2021-2026”, a £11.5 billion of capital funding over five years to enable the supply of approximately 162,000 new affordable homes. In addition, the Council has received additional funding under “Brown Field Release Fund” as part of a total award of £660k to build 50 social-rented homes at six regeneration sites across the district.

Full Turnkey
Process

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This project was executed through a full turnkey Design & Build process, encompassing all stages of design according to RIBA standards, planning application, offsite manufacturing, module delivery, onsite groundworks and construction and handover. 

 

The proposed development helps maximise the Council’s provision for housing and parking by providing 7 x 3B4P 2 storey high-quality energy-efficient house, each house with generous private rear gardens.

 

This scheme further develops surrounding landscape by providing level access with better connection to existing neighbouring context. By giving serious consideration of the window positions, there are no overlooking into houses located to the north east. The scheme provides more formal parking for local residents whilst addressing the local housing need.

Construction off-site to minimise disruption and site installation

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 Building Regulations Application

 Construction Phase Plan

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Project Brief approved by the Council 

Undertook Feasibility Studies

Agree on Project Budget

Prepare Project Programme

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Building handed over to the Council

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Develop Business Case

Review Project Risks

Review Project Budget

Undertook Site Appraisals

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Architectural Concept approved by the Council and aligned to the Project Brief

Obtain pre-application Planning Advice

Initial Cost Plan

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Planning application submitted

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Residents move in

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Project Timeline

Current Stage: RIBA Stage 4 — Technical Design

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