Saffron Lane said to Leicester City Council that this land would be the perfect spot for some desperately needed affordable housing. The council agreed, and sold them the land for the sum of just £1. Now, only two years later, the Saffron Lane development is almost finished. It contains 68 affordable homes, all built to Passivhaus standards – meaning they’re as eco-friendly and therefore cheap to run and heat as it’s possible to be.
Saffron Lane is not only the biggest Passivhaus development in the UK, but one of, if not the biggest in Europe.
In Hastings, the council could give over one of it’s sites for housing to a community led project to try a different method of housing provision.