A residential development of 12,000 homes - Houghton Regis

A residential development of 12,000 homes - Houghton Regis

When Land Improvement Holdings were preparing plans for a very large building development of up to 12,000 homes at Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, they commissioned us to review the renewable energy options.

 
With the total demand for combined heat and electricity estimated at 129,444MWh/year - covering space heating, hot water, cooking, lighting and appliances across both residential and non-residential areas - the resulting emissions would be 39,185 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year if met through conventional energy sources. A 10% renewable generation target as set out by Planning Policy Statement 22 would therefore make a sizeable contribution of 12,944MWh/year.
 
Our investigations into the range of potential renewable energy alternatives found that a biomass CHP system would be the most cost-effective means of meeting the energy requirements of the development. Biomass boilers could make a contribution but wouldn't meet the 10% target on its own. The most cost-effective renewable electricity solution would be an off-site wind farm, while solar panels might be the easiest solution for hot water and ground source heat pumps could provide low maintenance renewable heating. The land is now identified within a strategic site specific allocation in the draft local plan as a major mixed use site for a total of 7,500 houses and associated uses