Scheme would entail 150 homes being built in rural village in Herefordshire

Plans for the UK’s largest Passivhaus scheme have been submitted for planning permission.

The scheme, designed by architect Architype, would see 150 houses built in the rural town of Kingstone in Herefordshire.

All the homes will be designed to the tough Passivhaus standard which ensures buildings have a very low energy usage. The development, spread across 20 acres, also includes five small business units.

The scheme is being developed by ArchiHaus, a joint venture between Architype director, Jonathan Hines and Swedish businessman, Lars Carlsson.

Hines said it had been a “liberating experience” to “tackle the issue of housing from first principles”.

He added: “I hope that this scheme will establish a new benchmark in housing development, by demonstrating that better design quality and Passivhaus can be achieved as standard.”