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£19.6 Million Budget for a ‘Greener’ Janet’s Corner 13 April 2007

The Department of Local Government and the Environment has applied to Tynwald for £4.6 million for the first phase of new building at Janet’s Corner Estate, Castletown. The work is part of the Department’s £19.6 million scheme to redevelop and refurbish the estate.

This phase of the work comprises the construction of 26 new homes together with new drains, sewers and utility services which will serve future phases of redevelopment.

The layout of the new houses and bungalows has been planned so that the main living rooms face in a southerly direction. To take maximum advantage of the natural energy from the sun, large windows are provided on the southern side together with solar panels, providing hot water, on the roofs of the larger 4 bedroom properties. All the dwellings are insulated to standards exceeding current regulations.

‘Energy conservation is a top priority for the Department. We are currently reviewing the standards set for all Affordable Housing and improved energy efficiency is a key objective. Overall, we envisage a very significant reduction in energy costs for individual households and a reduction in the all important CO2 emissions’, said Juan Watterson, MHK, Member with responsibility for Affordable Housing.

The new homes will also be provided with segregated waste bins, to assist with recycling and rainwater butts to harvest rainwater for use in the garden.

Since work on the estate started 18 months ago,51 refurbished houses have been completed. Work on the new build is programmed to start in May. The whole of the redevelopment will be progressed on the basis of a ‘rolling programme’ which should enable all the works to be completed by Winter 2011/2012.

Proposals for the redevelopment have been prepared in close consultation with the residents. A tenants’ representative group has been formed and regular meetings are held with the designers to channel feedback and ideas from the residents. Additionally, the Department produces newsletters, distributed to all residents and held a public exhibition last May to explain proposals and invited feedback from the residents.

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