Developer claims energy efficiency measures and PV cells could save tenants £200 a year in fuel bills

A £14.3m scheme to regenerate 236 homes in Eccles has been given planning permission by Salford City Council.

The Barton Village project is being developed by City West Housing Trust and being built by Bullock Construction.

The developers claim adding energy efficient products, PV cells and sealed glass balconies to existing high-rise blocks in Eccles could save tenants up to £200 a year in fuel bills.

The project has already started on site, and is expected to be complete by 2015.

Director of asset management at City West Housing Trust, Colette McKune, said: “Work has started a month ahead of schedule with the last tenants moving out and the contractor already taking responsibility of the site.

“Barton Village addresses all the key issues facing organisations tasked with regenerating communities and is revolutionary in many ways due to the technologies used and the approach taken to high rise social housing blocks.

“Once completed it could save tenants approximately £200-a-year in fuel bills, significantly lower our carbon footprint, develop the wider community, and give customers the modern and aspiring homes they deserve.”