Carlisle gets first green estate

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The UK's first green housing estate is set to be built on land at Carlisle Racecourse, it has been reported.

According to the Cumberland News, plans have been submitted for the construction of 42 luxury homes at the Durdar track, on the site of former stables.

The paper states that the development, known as The Paddock, will be the first UK development to achieve level four in the government's new Code for Sustainable Housing (CFSH).

By 2013 every new home in Britain will have to meet that standard.

The plans have been submitted by Carlisle house builder ND Homes, and the firm's managing director Martyn Boak told the news provider: "We are extremely proud to be the first house-builder to be recognised as designing to level four of the CFSH."

Introduced on February 27th 2008, the CFSH sets out a six star rating system for new builds, setting minimum standards for energy and water use at each stage of construction.

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