An existing estate of concrete construction REEMA housing in Privett Green, Petersfield has been redeveloped into a low impact, environmentally friendly community.
Following extensive consultation, the houses have been redeveloped by housing association, Drum. As part of the consultation, Drum spoke with community members of all ages, including local children, to find out what people wanted from the development. The green credentials and community aspects of the program of regeneration has earned Privett Green a number of awards including the Countryside & Design Award from CPRE (Hampshire).
Chair of CPRE Hampshire, John Venning, said,
“This is a splendid example of local people getting together to protect what they value in rural areas. Drum looked closely at the existing housing and saw the potential to create something more.”
Residents were given the opportunity to vote as to whether they wanted to see their home refurbished or rebuilt to more environmentally friendly standards, a vote which came out almost unanimously in favour of redevelopment. The new eco-homes are built with wood frames and are super insulated to help reduce energy loss. In addition, they incorporate the use of solar water heating, have the capacity to sell electricity back to the national grid, and have meters built in to inform residents of the amount of power the houses are generating, and the resulting impact from the carbon emissions saved.
Senior Project Manager at Radian, Drum’s parent company, Debbie Harvey, said,
“Privett Green is undoubtedly attributable to the contributions made by the residents during the detailed consultation process. Listening and investing in the needs and aspirations of residents has culminated in homes of choice and has developed a forward-thinking community. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the community helping them to reach their goal.”