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Eco homes open on wartime estate

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Residents on a former Hampshire council estate were given the chance design their new homes

A £20m "eco-friendly" housing complex built on a former council estate after being designed by its Hampshire residents has officially opened.

The 148 eco-homes at Privett Green in Petersfield replace 98 properties erected at the end of World War II as a solution to the housing crisis.

The "thermally efficient" houses were built by Drum Housing Association.

Residents gave their input on the estate's development, refurbishment and relocation, the association said.

Design features

A spokesman from Drum Housing said: "A menu of options was offered to existing residents to choose the design of their new homes which best matched their individual needs.

"[This included] the number of bedrooms, storey height and preferences for lounge diner or kitchen diner layout."

Privett Green's old council estate is demolished
The estate was built at the end of the World War II

The regeneration project features three and four bedroom homes, which were completed in stages from 2006 so that residents were not living away from their homes for long periods.

However, the building process on the outskirts of the east Hampshire market town was hampered by the discovery of slow worms on the site.

"A survey of the slow worms on the area was completed and 918 were captured by ecologists and re-housed in a safe environment," the spokesman added.

The 14 houses of those who chose not to have their homes redeveloped will be given an eco-friendly refurbishment later this year, according to the association.



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