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£15m development transforms Oldham estate

Oldham has seen a significant transformation over recent months following completion of a £15 million development that has seen new sustainable homes delivered for the north-west town.Work began more than ten years ago at the St Mary's development in the heart of Oldham, with the regeneration of the 2.2-hectare site witnessed the construction of 93 new modern homes that have now been completed.Made possible through a £7.7 million investment from the Homes and Communities Agency, as well as through the support of Oldham Council and developer Contour Homes - part of Symphony Housing Group - the project has been hailed as stunning success, with the new properties now among some of the most sustainable in the UK.Contour Homes managing director Judith Winterbourne commented: "This is not just a fantastic development, it is a new neighbourhood with great community spirit."It has the benefit of technologies which will reduce the amount of energy required to heat the homes and therefore reduce the outgoings of our tenants and residents ... It is a scheme we are very proud of."Four of the new homes have been built to level 6 of the government's Code for Sustainable Homes - meaning they are effectively carbon neutral - while a further two homes have been built to the Passivhaus standard.This is one of the fastest growing energy efficiency standards in the world and means residents in these homes will pay around just £70 a year on heating bills. This is made possible by a range of green measures, including excellent levels of insulation and specially installed internal ventilation systems to better circulate warm air through the property.While the construction of homes at the site is now complete and the first residents are moving in, Contour Homes is continuing work on delivering a range of new facilities for the community over the coming months, with the creation of new seating areas and paths around a central flower garden at the heart of the development. 

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