Sustainable development company, Zero C, has been appointed by the South West Regional Development Agency (RDA) to build a £15m sustainable community at Osprey Quay, Portland.
Developers are now working on gaining planning approval and aim to have the development completed by 2011. The cost of the development has not been released.
When completed the project will be constructed to the highest sustainable standards and aims to generate at least fifty per cent of its energy from renewable sources, buildings will be super-insulated with provision for solar thermal insulation and a combined district heat and power scheme will be installed using a biomass boiler.
Interior outfitters, Eco-Interiors, will fit-out the internal elements of the homes and other innovative 'green' features will include the provision of two electric cars available for residents to use on a pooled basis to discourage second-car usage.