Island scheme is the pick of the crop

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A NORTH Northumberland housing scheme has been rewarded for its environmental credentials, and will be used as an example to follow around the world.

Holy Island of Lindisfarne Community Development Trust (HILCDT) and Four Housing Group won a Green Apple Environment Award for the scheme at Green Lane, Holy Island.

The awards are part of a national campaign to find Britain’s greenest companies, councils and communities and they competed against more than 500 other nominations.

They will be presented at a glittering ceremony in the House of Commons on November 14.

As a result of this success they have been invited to have their winning nomination paper and scheme details published in the Green Book, the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice, so that others around the world can follow their example and learn from their experience.

HILCDT and Four Housing Groups’ community partnership will also be considered to represent the UK in the European Business Awards for the Environment.

The scheme of four three-bedroom homes was developed in partnership by HILCDT, the first community land trust in the country to receive funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), to address the shortage of affordable housing on Holy Island and so that local people would not to be priced out of living there.