A batch of “tired” former MOD houses on the outskirts of a Wiltshire town will be transformed into a “sustainable retrofit” development.

The project to refurbish the properties in Marlborough Close, just off Horton Road in Devizes, has been launched by Annington, the developer responsible for almost 60,000 former military homes.

Construction will see five properties transformed into four-bedroom houses that are described as “smarter” and more energy efficient.

These homes will be available to buy from early 2024.

Annington says the development will combine “traditional country living” with environmentally friendly buildings, and the scheme is targeting an EPC rating A.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Marlborough Close in JuneMarlborough Close in June (Image: Google Maps)

A “fabric first approach” is designed to retain any energy used while smart technologies such as heat pumps and 14 PV panels will be incorporated into the renovations.

Project manager Scott Page said: “This project at Marlborough Close is a unique retrofit project and marks a real milestone for Annington.

“We have taken a fabric first approach making sure that the heat generated within the home is retained through enhanced insulation and smart technologies. 

“Our priority is to reduce the operational carbon of these properties for the long term and by targeting an EPC uplift to an A rating, we are taking the necessary steps to get there.”