Dene Park council houses remain empty
Last updated Apr 12, 2024
Dene Park council homes

Five new Harrogate council houses hailed as the most energy efficient in North Yorkshire are still empty, it has emerged.

The homes were created last year on a former car park in Dene Park, in the Woodfield area of Bilton.

The three houses and two flats cost £1 million to build and came as part of a council scheme to turn redundant land into social housing.

Cllr Simon Myers,  North Yorkshire Council’s executive member for housing, said in a press release announcing the new homes in November that they were were “the most energy efficient we have developed”.

Five months on, a Stray Ferret reader said the homes still didn’t appear to have tenants. We contacted the council for an update,

Andrew Rowe, its assistant director for housing, said:

“We are putting finishing touches to the properties and working to satisfy planning conditions with a view to tenants moving in as soon as feasible.”

The houses all have air source heat pumps, solar panels, triple glazing and insulation. The largest house will produce 0.3 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, compared to an average home creating six tonnes.

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