New eco home? May the force be with you

With low energy lighting inside and out, efficient condensing gas boilers and thermal store systems and A-rated appliances throughout, the homes at be at Newhall are designed with the environment in mind. Further, the home’s large glazed areas allow natural light and heat into the home, while solar collectors fitted to the roof access the sun’s energy.

The one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, two- and three-bedroom courtyard homes and three- and four-bedroom detached houses have received Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 certification. EPC ratings are in the mid-80s for energy efficiency and environmental impact. U-values being achieved are: walls 0.18; roof 0.14; floor 0.2; windows 1.3.

Phase one has sold out; phase two has just been released for sale. Similar to phase one, the homes in the next phase will have solar thermal panels to heat water, high insulation values and plenty of natural light. Prices start from £164,995 for a one bedroom apartment; £399,995 for a four bedroom detached villa.

Approximately, 20 per cent of phase two has sold. Elsewhere on Newhall, Spaceover and Proctor & Matthews Architects are building Slo. Inspired by Italy’s slow movement, the open plan, steel frame homes are manufactured offsite and erected in six weeks at Newhall. Prices start from £220,000 for a two-bedroom house.

Across the way from Slo, on the first phase of development that is home to 550 properties, North Chase has been developed directly by Newhall. A courtyard development of steep pitched roof houses and apartments, property prices at North Chase start from £189,000 for a two-bedroom apartment; houses from £430,000.

Matthew Byatt, Newhall sales manager, said: “There’s not much competition [among housebuilders] because each one has something different to offer in varying price brackets from under £200,000, £300,000, and £400,000. There’s always a smattering of resales too as homeowners trade up; we have several residents who are on their second ‘Newhall home’.”

A first time buyer ‘part rent/part buy’ scheme has been set up as well to encourage a diverse community mix. The ethos is one the developers Jon Moen, 61, and his brother William, 50, whose grandfather once farmed the land that the first phase of homes are built upon, are determined to foster.

The public spaces have been master planned to create a harmonious, family friendly environment. Walkways are a minimum of 70 metres wide, which avoids ‘rat runs’, traffic is calmed by the placement of trees in the roadsides, non-perpendicular pavements and a lack of road markings. Greenery surrounds Newhall from every vista.

The Moen brothers’ foresight has been popular and astute. Newhall has won several awards and house prices carry a premium of 15 per cent over neighbouring Church Langley. The modest Moens should be proud of putting their grandfather’s legacy to good use, and in doing raising Harlow’s architectural and sustainability status to new heights.