Designs go on show for pioneering green house in Theale
Designs for a groundbreaking new eco-house in Theale near Wedmore will be unveiled at the Theale Community Café today.
The plans are for a house and home office for Trevor and Joyce Hunt who have been resident in the village for more than 30 years.
The house will be built to the highest standards of sustainable design in the country and will be on a patch of waste ground near the church and the playground off Northload Lane.
The surrounding landscape will be enhanced with a new traditional cider apple orchard, a string of wildlife ponds, a wildflower rich meadow and a reed bed for water treatment.
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“This is a dream that we have had for many years and we have developed our ideas over the past few years with comments and feedback from the community and the Wedmore Green group,” said Trevor Hunt. “We have a very strong team of architects supported by a landscape architect, a local ecologist and sustainable building expert who together have come up with a fantastic design which actually enhances the local environment.”
An earlier design was shown to Theale residents in 2012 and many positive comments were made by nearly a hundred local people following the first draft design.
A new design has been developed and will be available for people to see and discuss with the design team.
Anyone interested should come to the Theale Village Café at the Village Hall on Saturday, February 16, with a suggested time of arrival of around 10am.
Since the last presentation at the café, the design has been completely revised to even higher energy efficiency standards and the house reduced in size so that it blends seamlessly into its surroundings.
Also, the wildlife and ecology enhancement area has been refined and extended.
Steve Mewes, chair of Wedmore Green Group said: “This is an exciting example of how new development can have a positive impact on the environment, a model for a positive future. By any measure of sustainability I can think of, this ticks all the boxes.
“I urge the parish and district councils to give it their full support.”
The dwelling will have a heat demand so low that it will require almost no active heating and no cooling at all times of the year.
As a zero carbon home the dwelling will produce more energy in total than it consumes.
Following the presentation and consideration of any suggestions, the formal planning application will be made to Sedgemoor District Council in March.