There are some good projects happening at the new town of Cranbrook:
However, good design is not one of them:
And certain things need to be got right before too many new houses are built:
Including energy provision…
A district heating system initially looks good:
However, back in 2017, there were fears that such a system for Cranbrook was actually turning out to be a pretty bad deal:
There were supposed to be ‘investigations’:
However, as the Daily Mail reports, things are certainly not getting better:
I’m banned from switching energy firm for 71 years: Eco plan locks in new-build residents until 2090 – leaving them paying double the cheapest deal
- In Cranbrook, Devon, residents pay nearly twice as much as the cheapest tariff
- Their development uses a ‘district heating scheme’ run by Big Six provider, E.on
- The scheme allows households to heat their homes without the need of a boiler
- It can only be run by one supplier meaning all 2,000 homes are signed to E.on
New-build homeowners across the country are being denied the chance to save hundreds on their energy bills because they are trapped in long-lasting contracts with a single supplier.
In the new town of Cranbrook near Exeter in Devon, residents pay nearly twice as much as the cheapest available tariff, yet they will not be able to switch for 71 years. This is because the housing development gets its heat and hot water from an unregulated ‘district heating scheme’ run by Big Six provider, E.on…
A Taylor Wimpey spokesman says the provision of a district heating system was a requirement for the planning permission issued by East Devon District Council.
A spokesman from East Devon District Council says research commissioned in 2007 demonstrated it would be more cost effective to meet ‘increasingly stringent carbon performance targets at Cranbrook’ through a district heating system.