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HOLMES Planning ‘A Healthy Way of Living’. 2021



To address the environmental issues that we are facing now, we propose many shared elements to the developments. This will reduce the need to travel and enhance community cohesion. A central communal garden, enriched by large numbers of trees, will allow residents to connect with nature and the landscape, positively affecting their physical and mental health. This helps to mitigate the climate change and supports biodiversity and wildlife habitats, among many other benefits.

The homes southern roof aspect will have either Photovoltaic solar panels or Tesla smooth tiles, which will generate electricity which will be stored in Tesla Powerwall Batteries. Electricity provision for back-up systems will be provided by renewable energy providers.

Our Principles


Rainwater will be harvested from the roofs to be used throughout the household for non-drinking purposes, to reduce the requirement for domestic water, increasing efficiency and reducing water utility bills. Slow flow taps will be incorporated and dual flushing loos. Some of the harvested rainwater will be put through a water filter system, so it can be used as drinking water.


Locally sourced materials will be used where possible to reduce the carbon footprint of delivering the materials. Pre-fabricated or modular homes will be sourced locally. For example, the home owner may commission a home from Pure Haus, in Leeds. They may also commission a bespoke architect designed home using local materials wherever possible.


The foundations will contain insulation, to reduce heat loss and minimise the use of concrete. The concrete will look to use alternatives to cement which is carbon heavy. Alternatively ground screws will be used to further reduce the need for concrete. Oriented Strand Board (OSB) can be used in the construction, and it will be treated with a water based and eco-friendly fire retardant, so at the end of their life they will be recyclable (normal fire retardant would render the panels unbiodegradable). Facades can be customised, finishing materials can be selected from a range of proposed sustainable materials: untreated wood cladding, shingles, cork panels or upcycled PVC.

Drone Pads

Each home will have space to receive drone deliveries as they become the normal method of delivery in the future replacing van deliveries.


There will be a designated shared area for composting. This will encourage participation and the sharing of knowledge about it.

Greenhouses & Hydroponics

There will be a greenhouse for growing vegetables adopting hydroponic principles (growing crops without soil).


There will be provision for recycling sorting and storage within the Electric Vehicle Zone.

The developments are designed to reduce both the extent and the impacts of climate change; they will be zero-carbon developments and will meet the highest technically feasible environmental standards during construction and occupation.