The diesel engine may soon enter the footnotes of history as car manufacturers cease production, but will property follow suit?

Brighton elected a Green MP, Caroline Lucas, and I’m pretty sure she won’t be representing the party alone in future elections as the world wakes up to global warming and environmental damage.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m guilty of planet carnage myself with two cars and an addiction to plastic bottles of water, which I do aim to curtail in 2018 (the water, that is), but I can see from living in a new-build home how far construction has come, how energy-efficient new homes are but how much further, home developers and their buyers could go.

Solar panels are conspicuous by their absence on this estate, yet 9 years ago, new estates locally seemed to have them as standard – why have they disappeared?

Persimmon don’t fit an outside tap, or include power in garages but I think that has less to do with being green and more to do with saving money for them.

How soon before developers include charging points for electric cars outside homes?

Given that cycling is so planet-friendly, why aren’t builders considering communal cycle storage areas, with lighting, shelter and smartphone controlled locks.

Norwich, not the most cutting edge city, has embraced bicycles that you can use around the city at the flick of an app?

The new road flanking this Bluebell Meadow estate has cycle paths running along it – but why don’t residents, like myself and neighbours, use this carbon-neutral transport?

It’s because using the car is too easy, in my opinion.

So this is my wishlist for Bovis, Taylor Wimpey, Barratt and Persimmon for 2018 and beyond:

  1. Solar panels – give buyers the option of this on first fit.
  2. Cycling – make the car peripheral to the development – no one bats an eyelid at Center Parcs when the car is emptied and left away from living accommodation for a few days or a week, and cycling (or walking) becomes king.
  3. Incorporate EV charging points. Let’s face it – if you or I bought a new home with one outside, we’d all be looking at Teslas and the like longingly.
  4. Ask buyers for what they want. Any business looking to grow has to ask consumers for their opinions and their choices.
  5. Consider pre-fabricated options to bring down the unaffordable costs of most new developments, even with Help to Buy. A 2 bedroomed turnkey home can be bought from around £50,000 from many companies – now that’s starter housing not the £189,000 entry price here.

Would you add anything else to my wishlist?

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