Developer Steff Wright has celebrated the success of his innovative development of eco-homes near Lincoln – by snapping-up one of the properties for his family.

The Managing Director of Gusto Homes has shown his confidence in the Woodlands Edge terrace of 18 “environmentally-friendly” houses, by moving into the site himself. Now he is looking to Phase 2, which will comprise five two-bedroomed and six four-bedroomed homes – some of which have been reserved before the builders start on site!

Banks Long & Co Associate Director Emma Surphlis, who manages the day-to-day requirements of the leasehold owners on behalf of The Edge Management Company – is also delighted at the success of the development – and the fact that Banks Long & Co is being retained to manage the new homes, which are due for occupation in 2018.

Steff said: “With our four children, either travelling the world or at universtity, it was the right time for us to move house.  Whilst Gusto Homes has a number of really attractive new developments across the region,  the combination of living within a short distance of uphill lincoln and the contemporary lifestyle created by our Woodlands Edge homes made the choice a simple one.”

Mr Wright’s Gusto Group has, for 20 years been at the cutting edge of innovation since it designed and developed its Millenium Green development in Collingham, near Newark.

“There is a massive need for new homes in Lincolnshire and throughout the country. Whilst not every site has the stunning setting which Woodland’s Edge has, I believe it is important that developers push the boundaries on design and innovation, with the aim of creating real communities rather than just repeating the type of bland developments built by many of the very large PLC developers”.

Since moving in, the family has enjoyed playing tennis on the communal tennis court and has been planning what to plant in their on-site allotment.

“I wanted to create homes which were both contemporary and ultra energy-efficient whilst also creating a new community,” said Steff. We have moved from a Gusto development where we had a large family home with high eco-credentials.  However Woodlands Edge sets a much higher performance standard, due to the overall progress in technology.”

The properties, which are located in a gated-community, are shielded from the main Tillbridge Lane, by five acres of mature, well-managed woodland. They are fully electric, generating up to 5KW of power through their innovative solar roofs. Electricity running costs average out at about £1 a day, rainwater is collected and re-used to flush toilets, the allotments use water from the on-site ponds and wastewater is dealt with by a bio-digester system and reed beds.

“There has already been good interest in Phase 2 of this development and I am looking forward to seeing the first homeowners move in in 2018. This will take the overall development to 29 properties with a mix of two, three and four bedroom homes,” said Steff.

Banks Long & Co Associate Director Emma Surphlis said: “When people buy into the development they become shareholders of The Edge Management Company which oversees the whole development giving residents a real stake in their environment.” “At Banks Long & Co, we make regular visits to the site to check that everything is going smoothly or if anyone has any issues that need resolving. “I am delighted that there is going to be a second phase of development and that our management contract is going to be extended.”