Code level 6 builder announced for eco village number one

From the Communities and Local Governmnet website:

Housing and Planning Minister Yvette Cooper today announced details of the housebuilder who will build England’s first eco-village.  Barratt Developments PLC has been selected by English Partnerships, the Government’s National Regeneration Agency, as the preferred developer to create a new community at the site of the former Hanham Hall Hospital near Bristol. Homes on the site will meet the Government’s most exacting eco standard – Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

This is a site and location I know very well … being close to the area I grew up in and cut my teeth in the industry as a site engineer a few years ago (!) …  aware of the campaigns by local residents not happy with plans to turn a former farming and greenbelt area into housing … so a project I will watch with interest.

And therefore also of interest on a wider sustainability issue:

… this ground-breaking project will create eco lifestyles. It will hand over a listed building to community use, capture rainwater and include sustainable drainage, farmers’ shops, a car club and bicycle storage.

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