More than £76,000 has been made available for residents of Whitehill & Bordon to make their homes more energy-efficient.
The grant funding has been awarded to East Hampshire District Council’s COSY scheme by the Carbon Offset Board for Quebec Park. The board is a partnership between housing developer Radian Homes, EHDC and Homes England - and was set up as part of the planning obligations to agree and oversee investment from the Carbon Offset Fund to approved carbon-saving projects.
Carbon offset, which was trialled at Quebec Park, gives developers an economical way of compensating for the carbon emission reductions that are difficult to achieve through normal design and construction.
Radian Homes, the developer of Quebec Park, was required to offset the remaining carbon emissions by investing £122,000 in carbon-saving projects within or close to the development site.
The redevelopment of Quebec Park is now complete and the board met for the final time last week, where it approved funding towards the installation of solar photovoltaics (PV) on the final phase of Quebec Park, the upgrade to LED street lights and the COSY scheme.
These projects will contribute to reducing the carbon emissions from the development immediately and in the future.
Cllr Adam Carew, ward councillor for Walldown in Whitehill & Bordon, said: “It’s fantastic that there are more funds available to help residents make their homes more energy-efficient as we look to make the town as green as it can possibly be.
“The Carbon Offset Board has been instrumental in making sure the Carbon Offset Fund has been used efficiently and effectively. Making some of the funds available to help residents who want to make energy-saving improvements to their home, but might not be able to afford it, is a really great thing.”
Jonathan Rickard, Head of Radian Built and one of the board members, said: “Radian is pleased to have been able to create both a really sustainable development at Quebec Park, but also to have been able to contribute towards improving homes and lives of the wider community through the carbon offset programme”
Residents from Whitehill & Bordon who need financial help to make energy-saving improvements to their home can apply for the grant at www.easthants.gov.uk/cosy-east-hampshire