When Leicester City Council transferred 12 acres to Saffron Lane, they were keen to see an exemplar housing development in return. In reality, ‘exemplar’ barely describes what has actually been achieved. Saffron Heath is a spacious, beautiful development of bright, highly insulated homes that through their design and build, have slashed heating bills for the new residents. The homes themselves are a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroomed properties – seven with wheelchair access.
Houses cluster around two greens and surrounding avenues, and have large gardens and parking spaces. They back onto an open space – Saffron Acres, where fruit trees grow produce for a jam making operation and local people learn horticultural skills. Alongside this area is another site earmarked for a further 20 new homes.
The houses were built to the renowned passiv-haus standard by Westleigh Partnerships Ltd and the whole development is managed by East Midlands Homes, a housing association that secured the £9million funding needed to take the project forward.