A DEVELOPMENT of eco homes in Bradford has been completed, and could inspire future housing across Yorkshire.

Although it is made up of just two homes, the Pure Meadows scheme in Oakenshaw could prove to be one of the most significant housing developments in Bradford.

The properties, at Sugden Street, are as near to being zero carbon as possible.

They feature rainwater harvesting, meaning rainwater can be filtered and used as drinking water, renewable energy measures on the site and state of the art insulation – meaning very little heat is lost and heating bills are near non-existent.

The five-bedroom homes also feature air filtration systems and are surrounded by five acres of agricultural land.

The company behind the plans, Pure Haus, is now in the process of drawing up plans for a larger development in Drighlington, and hope that what they have learned from this scheme could be used to create the next generation of affordable housing.

And late last month representatives from York Council visited the site to see how it can be replicated as part of that authority’s efforts to improve its social housing stock.

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Recent years have seen a major push by Governments and Councils to reduce the amount of Carbon released into the atmosphere.

Bradford Council is among many others that have declared a “climate emergency.”

The houses at Pure Meadows meet “passive haus” standards – an internationally recognised standard meaning homes use very little energy for heating and cooling.

There are solar panels on the roof, and the garage included with each property has an electric vehicle charging point.

Plans for the homes were approved in 2019, and work on the homes has now been completed. They will be available for £650,000.

Kevin Pratt from Purehaus said the company is planning to develop a zero carbon workshop alongside the Drighlington development, which can be used to create parts for future homes. The workshop will also mean they are able to produce cheaper homes in future.

He said: “That will help us streamline our process.”

The planned development in Drighlington will be for around 13 homes.

Mr Pratt said: “We are really looking to revolutionise the building industry. We want to show that we can build the homes of the future.

“We’d really like to work with local Councils and build on the success of these homes. Our aim is to bring the costs of these types of home down. When we set up our workshop we will be able to refine our process and bring costs down.”

He said the housing industry needed to make a shift to more environmentally friendly homes, adding: “It is about doing the right thing for your children and your children’s children.”