Arguments for eco-towns

Arguments against eco-towns

  • They are made up of 40% green space

  • Less than 50% of travel will be made by car

  • Wind turbines will power homes

  • They are models of sustainability

  • Increase traffic congestion

  • Impinge on wildlife habitats

  • They exacerbate flooding

  • They're generally being built on greenfield land, which works against smart growth principles

  • Cost – it’s expensive to build sustainable communities, and for people to buy homes as a result

Since the original proposals the number of possible sites has been reduced and refined. There are four sites that have been shortlisted:

  • Whitehill-Bordon, Hampshire

  • St Austell and Clay Country, Cornwall

  • Rackheath, Norfolk

  • North West Bicester, Oxfordshire

Construction has already begun on a development in North West Bicester, the UK’s first eco-town. A2Dominion plan to build up to 6000 new homes, with the first stage expected to create 393 highly energy efficient homes, as well as a primary school, community centre, eco-pub and retail centre. Residents will move in as early as spring 2015.

North-West Bicester - the UK's first eco-town:

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North-West Bicester:

  • is a pioneering development of 393 highly energy efficient homes with 51 acres and 40% green space

  • integrates cutting edge technology with environmental integrity at its core

  • has a commitment to use local suppliers and subcontractors - 20% local labour on site during construction, creating a minimum of 10 apprenticeships

  • will have zero waste going to landfill during construction – reducing carbon by 30%

  • will be future proofed against climate change so that homes will stay cool in summer and warm in winter

  • will harvest rainwater to help reduce water usage to 80 litres per person per day

  • will include solar PV Panels with an average of 34m2 per house and real time information system in every home

  • will display real time bus and train information as well as local cycle routes

  • will have meadow turf rooves which will encourage biodiversity

  • will have an energy centre to supply combined heat and power to all homes with surplus power given back to the national grid

  • should include superfast broadband at 100mbps (megabits per second)

  • will promote healthy lifestyles

  • will include 30% affordable homes

  • will have many community events, bringing the community together

North-West Bicester will be one of only seven 'planet' communities in the world:


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