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CHP part of pPod energy plan

A Combined Heat and Power plant fuelled by biomass will be the cornerstone of a zero carbon neighbourhood set to be built in Peterborough.

The consortium pPod - made up of Morris Homes, Gentoo Homes and Browne Smith Baker architects - has been selected as preferred developer for Phase 1 of the city’s South Bank.

The 344 home development will be the second Carbon Challenge site – an initiative led by regeneration agency English Partnerships on behalf of the Department of Communities and Local Government.

The city centre scheme must meet Level Six of the Code for Sustainable Homes with all commercial developments built to BREEAM Excellent standard.

The energy centre including the CHP plant plus the community centres and open spaces will be managed by a Community Interest Company.

Steve Carr, Director of Policy at English Partnerships, who is leading the Carbon Challenge initiative for the Government, said: “In the current economic downturn people are asking harder questions about the quality and value of new homes.

“The Peterborough pPod homes not only respond to climate change, they will also be more spacious and have lower energy bills  This isn’t just about eco-living – it is about making new housing schemes a much better deal for owners and tenants by creating comfortable and cost-efficient homes for a range of incomes.”

A planning application will be made in early 2009 and pPod expects to start on site later in the year.