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Saffron Lane case study

Locality members Saffron Lane Neighbourhood Council and partners have built the biggest development of eco-friendly affordable homes in the country.

saffron lane eco homes

It all got started when Saffron Lane Neighbourhood Council approached the council about the 13 acre plot which sat empty, derelict and filled with weeds, next door to their own community gardens.

Saffron Lane said to Leicester City Council that this land would be the perfect spot for some desperately needed affordable housing.  The council agreed, and sold them the land for the sum of just £1.

derelict land at saffron laneDerelict land before the development

Now, only two years later, the Saffron Lane development is almost finished. It contains 68 affordable homes, all built to Passivhaus standards – meaning they’re as eco-friendly and therefore cheap to run and heat as it’s possible to be.

Saffron Lane is not only the biggest Passivhaus development in the UK, but one of, if not the biggest in Europe.

saffron lane eco homes buildingEco homes being built

The project is being run by a community-led partnership between community group Saffron Lane Neighbourhood Council, social landlords emh group, local developers Westleigh, and Leicester City Council.

The community have had a huge input into the project, which includes four one-bedroom flats and 23 two-bedroom, 20 three-bedroom and three four-bedroom houses – which will soon be on the market at affordable prices.

Neil Hodgkin of Saffron Lane, said: “This will create jobs, provide homes and help us to expand our already innovative environmental projects.

“This development will allow Leicester to regain the mantle of environmental city. It shows how proactive Leicester is when it comes to new ideas and ways of working.”

saffron lane eco homesAll homes are built to Passivhaus standards


Could your community build its own housing?

Could your community meet local needs by building its own affordable housing?

We’ve got support and funding on offer to help community-led housing projects get started. The deadline for applications is 12 August 2016. Find out more.

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