A NORTH Somerset MP has opened a natural play area and wildflower meadow at a new zero carbon development in Tickenham.

Dr Liam Fox took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony at Ryves Vale, which demonstrated how SME's like Newland Homes are transforming the way homes are run.

32 zero carbon homes have been built at the development, complete with high levels of insulation, solar panels, air source heat pumps and electric car charging points. 

Dr Fox was joined by families living at the development to test out the play equipment and see how far the development has come since his last visit in November 2021.

Around 50% of the site is open space. 

Jeremy Drew, developments director at Newland Homes, said: “Ryves Vale was the test bed for the creation of our first zero carbon homes and we’re convinced that this is the future for housing. 

"Carbon cutting can be both good for the environment and good for the pocket, so we need to move away from the notion that being green is more expensive and start to see that it’s a mutually beneficial relationship.

"The homes we’ve created at Ryves Vale are extremely cost effective to run, costing less than £4 a week for a four bedroom, detached, zero carbon home over the summer months, plus obligatory standing charges.”

Dr Fox MP added: “It’s great to see the high quality of the finished products and that carbon neutral can be both functional and attractive simultaneously.”

In recent weeks, the prime minister has relaxed targets for households to move away from fossil fuel burners.

Jeremy adds: “The rolling back of green policy targets is frustrating, as we are ably demonstrating that with vision and commitment these can be attained reliably and profitably. 

"However, this delay won’t derail our plans for more zero carbon homes.  Our customers are demanding a green housing revolution as they want to play their role in the fight against climate change.”

Only one four bedroom detached property remains for sale, called Sherston. It is priced at £629,000, with up to £20,000-worth of tailored incentives. 

Call 01275 338023 to book a tour.