Bedworth homes win environmental award

29 October 2013

Silk Weavers Way award

Our housing development at Silk Weavers Way near Bedworth has been presented with an award for “outstanding environmental improvement” from the Bedworth Society.

The development, located off Hayes Lane in Exhall, was previously vacant land with disused allotments and a demolished community centre. It now features 44 attractive, affordable new homes, including 17 houses sold to local people through shared ownership.

Developed in partnership with Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, the £4.78 million development was supported with £1.54 million of investment grant from the Homes and Communities Agency. It was built for Waterloo Housing Group by Thomas Vale Construction and completed last year.

The development received a special plaque in the Bedworth Society’s biennial awards for environmental improvements.  The Bedworth Society is a civic amenity society which promotes high standards of planning and architecture in the local area, together with an awareness of its history and heritage.

Representatives from the partner organisations involved visited the development last week to see the plaque being fitted and proudly displayed there.

Lynda Burton, Bedworth Society chairman, said: “Our awards recognise schemes which have made an outstanding environmental improvement to the area. The Silk Weavers Way housing development is a worthy winner, having brought back land into use for the community with attractive, affordable homes that are striking and durable in their design. We are delighted too that the road was named in recognition of the area’s industrial heritage for silk ribbon weaving.”

The energy-efficient housing has a contemporary design, including mono-pitched roofs and wood-effect cladding. Sustainable features include rainwater harvesting, with homes benefiting from grey water recycling in the toilets.

Councillor Julie Jackson, cabinet member for housing at Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, said: “This development has provided much-needed affordable homes for local families. As well as improving the quality of life for those residents, it is wonderful to know that the housing has been commended for improving the quality of the local environment too.”

Pictured are (left to right): Ian Cox, partnership & development director at Thomas Vale Construction; Sue Allison, local board member at Waterloo Housing Group; Lynda Burton, Bedworth Society chairman; local ward member Councillor Roma Taylor; and Councillor Julie Jackson, cabinet member for housing at Nuneaton and Bedworth Council.