A housing developer has announced plans to build 120 energy efficient homes in Heywood.

Anwyl Homes says the new development, Whittle Brook Park, forms part of a drive to create energy efficient homes within sustainable communities.

The homes will include a host of features designed to help protect the planet and save homeowners’ money. These include air source heat pumps, solar panels and electric vehicle charging points.

Located on Manchester Road, homes at Whittle Brook Park will features wider cavities to external walls and improved air tightness, which provides increased levels of insulation and reduces heat loss, along with increased levels of ground floor and roof/loft insulation.

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The new three, four and five-bedroom mews, semi-detached and detached homes will be developed across 15 acres of land in the town with show homes due to open in the autumn.

The designs include taller windows, steeper roof pitches with slate-grey tiles, feature chimneys and brickwork, and anthracite grey doors and windows.

John Grime, managing director for Anwyl Homes Lancashire, said: “Whittle Brook Park is a landmark scheme for Anwyl – it was our first development in Greater Manchester and the first to feature air source heat pumps with every home.

“It’s a prime example of how, as a forward-thinking business, we’re embracing new green technology into our designs to deliver energy efficient homes.

“The whole development will be gas-free and, instead of traditional gas boilers, homes will have air source heat pumps.

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“An air source heat pump is more efficient than a gas boiler and, according to the latest data from Which, potentially cheaper when it comes to providing heating and hot water in the home.

“Plus, if gas prices continue to rise quicker than electricity prices, the saving could increase.”

Current prices start from £320,000 for a three-bedroom semi-detached property with four-bedroom detached homes, priced from £419,995 set to be ready to move into this September.

The energy efficient features mean the homes qualify for “green mortgages”, available from selected lenders.

Whittle Brook Park is part of the wider West Hopwood community which will see around 1,000 new homes built, plus the creation of 1.5m sq/ft of employment space, a local centre, new primary school, extensive public open space and sports pitches.

The wider scheme will see £402m invested in the area.

As part of its share, Anwyl will make community contributions worth almost £5.5m towards education, transport, highways, green spaces and sports pitches. This includes over £2.7m towards the cost of the new link road, connecting the West Hopwood community directly with junction 19 of the M62.