The homes will form the first phase of the Icknield Port Loop scheme, a half mile canal loop within walking distance of the City Centre on a large brownfield site.
HS2 claims that the investment in waste heat recycling system would pay for itself after just 4 years and compared to gas boilers being used in the homes, recycling heat could reduce the carbon footprint of 500 houses by more than a fifth (22%).
The £27.5m Central Street development, proposed by the build-to-rent developer Placefirst, forms part of the council’s £1.2bn town centre masterplan.
‘Urban planning has a large role to play in addressing inequalities in cities.’
Two sets of £5000 prize money are available to encourage a variety of ideas, including those that might be considered out of the box or even undeliverable.
‘We recognise that this is a challenging time for many retailers on our high streets.’