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Industry recognition for social housing programme

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Stroud District Council has won an illustrious industry award recognising its hard work, dedication, and commitment to improving the energy efficiency of hundreds of social homes in Gloucestershire.

At the Retrofit Academy awards ceremony this week, the council was named as the Best Social Housing-led Retrofit Programme. 

Housing Committee Chair Councillor Mattie Ross said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been recognised in this way, especially given the high calibre of competition.

“We are often asked why we retained our housing stock whilst so many other councils sold them off. This is why. We have always aimed high to deliver the best service to our residents. This award is us fulfilling this promise and fully deserved.”

The award is for a Gloucestershire-wide consortium project, which is led by SDC, and brings together social housing retrofit across the county.

So far, the programme has delivered across the county, whole house retrofit of 46 properties and continues to deliver a two-phased programme of fabric first improvements to 843 properties, many of which are considered ‘hard to treat’. 

As well as improving the insulation of the properties and, therefore their energy efficiency, the project has also ensured it has reduced fuel poverty for tenants and cut the carbon emissions of the least energy efficient homes in our housing stock.

Housing Committee Vice Chair Councillor Lucas Shoemaker said: “This award aligns with all three areas of The Council Plan, delivering high quality homes whilst striving to meet our 2030 target. More importantly, this project is making a difference to the lives of the people who live in these houses.”

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