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Plans to boost homes' energy efficiency in Chopwell

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More than 600 private homes in Chopwell could soon be offered free wall insultation to help reduce fuel poverty, improve energy efficiency and help tackle the climate emergency. 

Councillors have approved an application to the government's Green Homes Grant scheme for £5.2m of funding to install energy efficiency improvements to up to 620 solid wall properties in the so-called river streets and to other homes in the village. 

The work will involve fitting external insulation to privately-owned homes which unlike modern more energy-efficient houses were built without cavity walls. More than 50 council-owned homes will also be improved. 

Help with fuel poverty in GatesheadIf the government approves the application, all private households within the scheme will receive up to £10,000 in insultation works free of charge with the grant covering 100% of the costs. Work to properties owned by private landlords and social landlords will receive 66% of the costs with the remainder being paid by themselves. 

Councillor John Adams, Cabinet member for Housing, says: "In the UK, any household that finds itself needing to spend more than 10% of its income just on heating their home to a reasonable standard can be said to be experiencing fuel poverty. Unfortunately, a lot of former miners' homes in Chopwell fall into this category. 

"The council is committed to tackling inequalities and putting people and families first and if we are successful in securing funding for this improvement scheme it should make a huge difference to households who are having to spend more than most just on keeping warm. 

"As well as providing warmer and more energy efficient homes, this investment will also support our work to reduce Gateshead's carbon emissions, something that is crucially important in tackling climate change. We have set ourselves the target of achieving net zero emissions by 2030 and this is exactly the sort of work that's needed to deliver that." 

Climate change in GatesheadConstruction work could begin as early as April 2021 and it is estimated it will take around six months to complete. 

The measures are expected to help reduce fuel poverty, cut carbon emissions and support housing market renewal in the area and will form part of the council's 10-year plan to regenerate Chopwell and Blackhall Mill. 

In October 2019, the council began work on a pilot scheme to test a number of energy efficiency technologies on 6 council-owned homes, including solid wall insulation, ground- and air-source heat pumps, and solar panels. However, the pilot had to be aborted due to the outbreak of Covid-19. 

street in Chopwell
21 December 2020

More than 600 private homes in Chopwell could soon be offered free wall insultation to help reduce fuel poverty, improve energy efficiency and help tackle the climate emergency. 

Councillors have approved an application to the government's Green Homes Grant scheme for £5.2m of funding to install energy efficiency improvements to up to 620 solid wall properties in the so-called river streets and to other homes in the village. 

The work will involve fitting external insulation to privately-owned homes which unlike modern more energy-efficient houses were built without cavity walls. More than 50 council-owned homes will also be improved. 

Help with fuel poverty in GatesheadIf the government approves the application, all private households within the scheme will receive up to £10,000 in insultation works free of charge with the grant covering 100% of the costs. Work to properties owned by private landlords and social landlords will receive 66% of the costs with the remainder being paid by themselves. 

Councillor John Adams, Cabinet member for Housing, says: "In the UK, any household that finds itself needing to spend more than 10% of its income just on heating their home to a reasonable standard can be said to be experiencing fuel poverty. Unfortunately, a lot of former miners' homes in Chopwell fall into this category. 

"The council is committed to tackling inequalities and putting people and families first and if we are successful in securing funding for this improvement scheme it should make a huge difference to households who are having to spend more than most just on keeping warm. 

"As well as providing warmer and more energy efficient homes, this investment will also support our work to reduce Gateshead's carbon emissions, something that is crucially important in tackling climate change. We have set ourselves the target of achieving net zero emissions by 2030 and this is exactly the sort of work that's needed to deliver that." 

Climate change in GatesheadConstruction work could begin as early as April 2021 and it is estimated it will take around six months to complete. 

The measures are expected to help reduce fuel poverty, cut carbon emissions and support housing market renewal in the area and will form part of the council's 10-year plan to regenerate Chopwell and Blackhall Mill. 

In October 2019, the council began work on a pilot scheme to test a number of energy efficiency technologies on 6 council-owned homes, including solid wall insulation, ground- and air-source heat pumps, and solar panels. However, the pilot had to be aborted due to the outbreak of Covid-19. 

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