A "GREEN village" where homes would cost residents less than half in fuel bills than a normal property could be built in Liverpool.
The £18m eco-friendly residential development is being proposed on the site of the demolished tower block John F Kennedy Heights, in Everton.
And, if approved by city planners, it is expected to be a trendsetter for housing schemes of the future.
Developers Aldbury Homes want to construct 54 homes in five blocks at Everton Brow close to its junction with Salisbury Street.
The firm has employed Architects ID Partnership, of Coventry, to design the housing scheme which makes considerable use of "green" ideas.
City council planners recommended the city council's planning committee yesterday to approve the project at its meeting.
However, Chairman Cllr Lady Doreen Jones adjourned a decision until Monday as she wants members of the committee to visit the Everton site to determine whether there should be more trees and shrubbery planting in and around the project area.
A report to councillors says the project proposes the building of an innovative environmentally-biased resident development known as Green Brow. It will be the first of three phases that will eventually provide over 150 new homes.
The scheme will see the construction of one and two-bedroomed terraced homes and apartment blocks, ranging in height from two storeys to five storeys - using the steep slopes of Everton Brow to determine the look of the scheme.
Sustainable and green components of the buildings will include the use of timber as the major construction material, high levels of insulation within the roofs, walls and floors, triple glazing and low energy lighting. There will even be a rainwater storage system.
A courtyard will provide a private amenity space for residents and there will be pedestrian routes through the development to encourage journeys on foot, with covered parking space for cycles.
The extensive insulation would enable fuel bills to be kept to a minimum, while kitchen appliances, using smaller amounts of water than normal, would be fitted.