HOPEFUL homebuyers will see the built of a 'zero-carbon estate' in southern Oxfordshire.

One of the country’s largest housing associations Sovereign revealed that nine affordable carbon-zero homes will be available for clients in Abingdon.

The properties are set in a rural location at Springfield Meadows in the village of Longworth.

They are part of 25 being built using modern carbon zero construction methods.

The modular homes were constructed in a factory using closed panel walls and a hemp and lime mix insulation.

This is an affordable eco design for the carbon zero home, while Sovereign Housing claim will last a 'lifetime'.

After they left the factory they were moved on-site Springfield Meadows for construction that began in May last year, and some residents have even already started moving into their brand-new homes.

Of the 25 homes at the development, the nine affordable Sovereign homes consist of six affordable rent and three shared ownership properties.

Development Manager at Sovereign Alex Brooks revealed that the Springfield Meadows development was granted the One Planet Living Global Leader Status by environmental charity Bioregional.

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This is the developer's second eco-development using this type of construction and the second to achieve the prestigious One Planet Living status.

Mr Brooks added: "Our first was Kings Lane in Longcot.

"Following on from the success of Kings Lane, we started this development in Longworth.

"We are so proud of our work here at Springfield Meadows.

"Building in a rural location means that we need good quality design and manufacture to design for the future.

"We have been able to build quality affordable homes here with high environmental performance and lower running costs for our residents."

Sovereign has teamed up with architects Greencore Construction, which consulted on the development.

Director of the company Ian Pritchett said: "A normal home will emit around five tonnes of carbon a year.

"If we start building things with bio-based materials that perform better we can start to make a serious difference to climate change."