December 2021

Newsletter   Winter 2021 The Mill Lane affordable community homes development is rapidly taking shape.


Construction continues to progress well, with the highly insulated foundations completed and the ‘Passivhaus’  and ‘low embodied carbon’ timber frames being erected. Tysons, the contractor, plan to complete on schedule, in August 2022.

To apply for one of the 13 affordable rented homes on Mill Lane, you must be on the Lancaster City Council Housing Register:

South Lakes Housing is managing applications for the 7 shared ownership homes. To apply, contact  Tel. 03003038540


Road Adoption: We are delighted to report that Forge Lane has now been adopted by Lancashire County Council.  Mill Lane adoption is still being processed.


The training session on passivhaus design and construction that was held during Big Green Week, September 18th-26th was very popular, with more than 40 people attending. Construction accounts for 40% of UK carbon emissions.  This is the reason that the industry has been set 80% carbon reduction targets by the UK government, as part of the changes needed to tackle climate change.  Hopefully high quality passivhaus-standard homes will soon be the norm.


The CLT continues to receive requests to visit the site. Recently, Caldervale CLT paid a visit to the Mill Lane site to find out more about Passivhaus standards and partnering with a Housing Association to create affordable high-quality homes.

We now have a short film about the project, made by a local film company, Forgebank Films.  The Youtube link is and it is on the Home Page of our website – please take a look and encourage others to view it too. It shows the power of partnerships, when local people work together with a willing Council and enthusiastic Housing Association.