Trust awarded £2.5m to help to future proof homes and bring down bills

Peaks & Plains Housing Trust has been awarded a total of £2.5m through Wave 2.1 of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF), the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) has announced.

The Trust will spend the money over two years on improving the energy efficiency of its homes.

The Trust has a track record in retrofitting homes. We were awarded £550,000 through Wave 1 of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund. This phase is approaching completion and involved whole house interventions such as PV panels, insulation and air source heat pumps.

We have already started to talk to customers in one of our sheltered schemes in Macclesfield, where we will be replacing the doors and windows to the individual flats, upgrading the heating system and generally improving the fabric of those homes.

This fund will enable us to move forward with our ambitious sustainability strategy. We have calculated that in the sheltered scheme alone our customers could see a reduction in bills of between £208 and £697 a year.

Amy Harding | Strategic Asset Manager

A large piece of work over the next two years will focus on the Moss Estate in Macclesfield where we intend to improve the insulation of around 300 homes. This work will include under floor cavity and loft insulation work along with replacement doors and windows and photovoltaic panels were appropriate.

Our work on the Moss Estate will be a collaborative piece of work and we are looking forward to involving our customers in that neighbourhood to make sure that the work goes as smoothly as possible.

This is part of our longer-term strategy that demonstrates the role that we intend to play in Cheshire East Council’s carbon neutral targets and the wider legislative landscape. It will help us to continue to find ways to future proof our homes, bring down bills wherever possible and reduce our environmental impact.

Alec Gaston | Head of Development, Asset and Compliance

Involving our customers

If any customer is interested in getting involved with the roll-out of these projects please email

About the fund

  • Wave 2.1 of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund was announced in March 2023 with £83.8 million awarded to councils, housing associations and charities across the North West.
  • Social housing providers will be able to use the funding to upgrade an estimated 90,000 homes that have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating below C, with changes such as loft insulation and new windows.
  • A total of £778m has been awarded through the second wave of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund.

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