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Fuelling the rural community

Posted on 07 July 2017

A new development of 11 affordable homes in the rural community of St Mary’s Bourne, Hampshire is providing our residents with an additional fuel supply to electricity in the form of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

The collection of two and three bedroom properties built by PMC construction was completed in May this year and is a rural exception site. Such sites address the needs of the community by building homes on land that would not typically be used for housing.

Located off-grid, there was no feasibility of connecting the development to the mains grid, which meant we had to consider alternative fuel options that were cost effective, flexible and easily maintained by residents. 

Scott Edwards, Project Manager at the Hyde Group, said: “We chose LPG for this site because not only is it a cost-effective energy supply, but it provides more choice for our residents. Our scheme was built on agricultural land, so no other fuel resource had been supplied to this area before.

We needed to provide an additional fuel supply to just electricity that offered all these benefits to our residents and was easy to install. Calor worked very closely with our contractors, providing help and guidance throughout the process to make sure everything was ready ahead of time.”

Two 4,000-litre bulk tanks have been installed underground at the site to ensure the development maintains its rural aesthetics. This creates a ‘metered estate’, with gas delivered to the properties through a network of pipes.

Like other housing associations across the country, we have been celebrating Rural Housing Week (3 to 7 July); highlighting how new housing can breathe life into rural communities. The week also promotes how rural housebuilding can be key to the survival of vital community assets and services, such as schools and post offices.