Families set to move into new council houses packed with green technology

Cllr Joe Howes standing in front of one of the Kingfisher Close social houses

New council houses packed with green technology are soon to become homes to local families.

The five newly-completed homes include a mix of two, three and four-bedroom properties and form part of the Kingfisher Close development in Canterbury overlooking Kingsmead Field, boasting views of the River Stour and Canterbury Cathedral.

Tenants will have convenient access to shops, schools, restaurants and open spaces all within walking distance.

Each property features carbon-cutting technology including air source heat pumps, high levels of insulation and high-quality windows and doors as well as larger radiators, a high-efficiency insulated cylinder and an internal boiler-style heat exchanger in the kitchen.

Designed with the requirements of modern living in mind, each home also has an enclosed back garden and designated parking space with an electric vehicle charging point.

A view of the back gardens at the Kingfisher Close social houses

The projected carbon emissions from heating these homes and providing hot water will be reduced by 65% and the overall running cost is lower than conventional gas boilers.

Allocation of the properties will prioritise existing social housing tenants with families set to move in over the coming weeks.

Cllr Joe Howes, Cabinet Member for People with responsibility for housing, said: “We are proud to be providing a great example of brand new high-quality social housing for our residents and can’t wait to see families settling into the properties very soon.

“The Kingfisher Close development emphasises both the council’s commitment to building more quality social housing stock and reducing its carbon emissions to net zero by 2030.”

Published: 15 March 2023

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