Eco-friendly housing milestone as Lib Dem council fits properties with air source heat pumps for first time

For the first time ever, St Albans City & District Council which includes Harpenden and surrounding villages has equipped new properties with eco-friendly air source heat pumps – instead of gas boilers – to cut carbon emissions

With both tackling the climate emergency and providing more social housing at the top of St Albans Liberal Democrats’ agenda, the local party is pleased to announce that new housing has been built which delivers on both these promises.

The two properties are two-bedroom houses for social rent that have been built on an unused garage site in Holyrood Crescent, Sopwell, St Albans.

They also have allocated parking spaces while the surrounds have been landscaped.

Both properties have been made available for social rent and allocated to families on the Council’s housing register.

The houses were built by construction firm London Dream Building and are part funded by a Homes England grant of £120,000.

The Lib Dem-controlled council is committed to tackling climate change and reducing emissions across the District to net zero by 2030, and is undertaking more than 100 actions to do so –including making its homes and buildings more energy efficient.

The Council has been redeveloping a number of garage sites across the District which will provide more than 100 new social-rent homes

Councillor Jacqui Taylor (pictured right, with council leader Chris White left), chair of the housing and inclusion committee, said: “I am delighted that the importance we have placed on the environment since declaring a climate emergency is now being seen in the delivery of new social housing.

“In building these homes, we have ensured that they are as environmentally sound as possible using air source heat pumps for the first time to keep emissions down while also ensuring high standards of insulation.

“This project is also further evidence of our commitment to create more much-needed social housing for the District.

“It is only a small development but it is part of a larger effort to turn little-used garage sites across the District into social housing. It will also take two more households off the Housing Register and into high quality homes.”

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