Carrowbreck Meadow, a development of 14 eco-homes, the largest of its kind in Greater Norwich, has won the top award at this year’s RTPI East of England Awards for Planning Excellence.
Carrowbreck Meadow is a development of 14 Passivhaus homes in a woodland setting. The scheme sets new benchmarks for sustainable development, not only meeting the demanding requirements of full Passivhaus certification but also by providing 43% of the site as affordable homes, an over provision of 10%.
The positioning of the homes maximises the access to solar energy in winter and prevents over heating in summer. A thermal bridge and draught-free building envelope exceeds regulations for airtightness five times over.
Fresh filtered air is provided to the homes utilising a heat recovery system capable of achieving over 90% efficiencies. All homes have electric car charging points, rainwater butts and connection points for photo-voltaic installation.
Richard Smith, Senior Planning Consultant, NPS Property Consultants said:
“Winning such a prestigious award is a huge honour for NPS Group working on behalf of Broadland Growth Ltd. The award is testimony to the excellent teamwork and vision of our planning team working alongside Hamson Barron Smith to deliver an innovative mixed tenure housing scheme on publicly owned land that delivers excellence in housing.”
The RTPI East of England Judging Panel said:
“The project had many planning challenges to overcome and has successfully delivered something that is different and sets new benchmarks for sustainable development. The scheme is an excellent example to show how planning consultants, planning authorities and public landowners can work effectively together to help achieve the Government's objective to provide more development on public land.”
The redevelopment of the area around the Cambridge train station, called CB1 Masterplan, entered by Bidwells LLP was highly commended.
The awards were held at the RTPI East of England’s annual Regional Gala Dinner and Award Presentation Evening. During the evening, two other awards were announced:
Derek Stebbing BA (Hons) DipEP MRTPI
More information: RTPI East of England Regional Awards