The government has released today the short list for Eco Towns, and they are:
Ford, West Sussex
Hanley Grange, Cambridgeshire
Leeds city region, West Yorkshire
Marston Vale and New Marston, Bedfordshire
Middle Quinton, Warwickshire
Rossington, South Yorkshire
Weston Otmoor, Oxfordshire
isite has commented on the viability and concept of Eco-Towns on many occasions, and along with many on the blogosphere have suggested the way forward to be within the existing housing stock. (Search Eco Towns in the search bar above) .
So it is good to see organisations like the FMB’s Brian Berry, Director External Affair, issueing statements, suggesting the eco town approach is a greenwash:
“Eco –towns sound lovely but are really a red herring to give the Government’s housing plans a stamp of green credibility. The truth is we already know how to create sustainable homes as demonstrated by the BedZed affordable eco-homes in south London and the renewable energy theme park developed by Kiklees Borough Council in Yorkshire”.
“Building brand new eco–towns outside existing settlements is really bad idea when there are 675,000 empty homes in England alone sitting empty, all ripe for refitting with green technologies. Given that demand for housing covers the whole of the UK it makes sense for every village and town to have new housing rather creating brand new settlements.”
See also Marks comments on House2.0 where Mark comments …. 3 million new homes …the case for this is no stronger than it is for a third runway at Heathrow. And no greener.
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