North East Derbyshire District Council, together with its housing partner Rykneld Homes has successfully bid for a total of £1.6m of Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery (LAD GHG) in phases 1a and 1b.
The Council will be supporting the funding with a further investment of £8.5m that will see a total of 322 hard to heat homes improved under the Green Homes Grant programme. As well as helping to achieve carbon reduction targets and tackle climate change, the works will also help vulnerable customers who may be experiencing fuel poverty.
In 1A phase of the work, the Council received £565,000 Green Homes funding, supported by £2.5m of Council investment. Rykneld Homes will be delivering a total of 113 external wall insulation (EWI) works to non-traditionally built properties classed as hard to treat housing stock (HTT). As of last month, 73 homes are currently undergoing improvement works - this is exceptional considering the bad weather and COVID-19 pandemic.
For 1B phase of the work, the Council has been awarded £1.04m of Green Homes funding, supported by £7.2m of Council investment. Rykneld Homes will be delivering approximately 209 external wall insulation works to non-traditionally built properties classed as hard to treat housing stock. Work is scheduled to start towards the end of March 2021 and be completed by December 2021.
Councillor Jeremy Kenyon, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, said; “This is a strong testament to how seriously NEDDC takes its Climate Change Strategy (housing) in order to meet the Climate Change Crisis commitment. The carbon saved will literally be visible on the Council’s Tyndall carbon budget reduction. Not only this, the Council is also committed to ensuring a sustainable and healthy future for its residents and completing large projects such as this, the council is investing in the future of its housing stock via the upcoming green economy.”
When the houses have all been insulated, the total carbon saving in North East Derbyshire will be 335 tonnes per annum and 9,715 tonnes by 2050.