RESIDENTS at a new £1.1m housing development will have to put up with some rather different neighbours – bats.
Tenants of 11 new Trent and Dove homes in Princess Street, in Castle Gresley, will be joined by regular visits from the winged creatures thanks to a quirky feature in the new properties.
All of the homes at the development have been fitted with bat boxes in a bid to ensure a ‘sustainable future habitat for wildlife’ in the area.
The design quirk was unveiled during an official opening ceremony at the new site.
John Lemmon, chairman of housing and community services at South Derbyshire District Council, was on hand to preside over the event.
He said: “The building of new affordable housing contributes towards the creation of balanced, sustainable neighbourhoods.
“It means more people can access a home near family and friends rather than facing the prospect of moving out of the area and that is something we should all welcome. This is an excellent example of partners working closely together to turn a brownfield site into something that locals will benefit from for years to come.”
Occupying the former site of the Crown pub and car park, coincidentally the one time home of Trent and Dove chairman John Jackson, all 11 properties have been built to make sure residents homes are as energy efficient as possible, reducing bills for householders and minimising CO2 emissions.
Off street parking and designated refuse collection points are also available for all households.
Design elements such as visible lintels over doors and windows and brick built garden walls ensure that the properties blend well with their 19th century terraced neighbours while bat boxes in the eaves of all properties have also ensured a sustainable future habitat for wildlife.
Also speaking at the developments opening ceremony, Mr Jackson said: “We are delighted to be working with South Derbyshire District Council to provide thoughtful, affordable housing solutions to help alleviate the nation’s current housing shortage.”
The Mail recently reported how the district council was working to finalise a plan that would see hundreds of new homes built in the area.