New council homes will be zero carbon in Tandridge thanks to local Lib Dem councillors’ climate change initiative. Last night’s Tandridge Housing Committee agreed to build a trial 12 new net zero carbon council houses in Caterham. This follows the Liberal Democrat Councillors introducing a motion to declare a climate emergency earlier this year which was supported by all councillors with the exception of the two Harestone Conservative Councillors.

New homes that will take people off the Tandridge housing waiting list at Windmill Court and Auckland Road will be enhanced to better thermally insulate the properties reducing energy consumption. The proposed council homes at the Rochester Gardens and Town End sites will be thermally insulated but also include air source heat pumps and integrated ventilation. Excess solar energy will also be used to heat water.

Cllr Chris Botten, Liberal Democrats Group leader says “declaring the climate emergency was vital to making this happen. We can’t fix things overnight, but initiatives like this will go some way to reducing our impact on the planet. The council officers in the Housing Department have worked fast to integrate consideration of the climate into their planning”

Cllr Alun Jones, Liberal Democrat member of the Housing committee says “ I was pleased to support the recommendation. This will reduce the carbon footprint of these developments, but it will also reduce ongoing costs for the people who really need these homes. I requested that the standards we are applying to council building should now be applied to all developments in the District.”

There are currently 412 people in urgent need of housing on the Tandridge Council housing register. The Liberal Democrats have consistently supported the development of Council Houses for those in desperate need.

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