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Tuesday, February 24

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    North-West Bicester will be one of only seven 'planet' communities in the world:
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    North-West Bicester will be one of only seven 'planet' communities in the world:
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    For more information, visit http://nwbicester.co.uk/ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_IpG7Ntjlg.
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    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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    Arguments for eco-towns
    Arguments against eco-towns
    They are made up of 40% green space
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    by car
    Wind turbines will power homes
    They are models of sustainability
    Increase traffic congestion
    Impinge on wildlife habitats
    ExacerbateThey 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.

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    Arguments for eco-towns
    Arguments against eco-towns
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    Wind turbines will power homes
    They are models of sustainability
    Increase traffic congestion
    Impinge on wildlife habitats
    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

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    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

    Eco-towns in the UK
    The aim of eco-towns is to offer the opportunity to achieve high standards of sustainable living while also maximizing the potential for affordable housing.
    The essential requirements of these new eco-towns are:
    They must be zero-carbon over the course of a year.
    The new settlements must be separate from existing towns but well linked to them.
    Eco-towns must have higher recycling rates then normal.
    Affordable housing should make up between 30% and 50% of the total through a wide range and distribution of tenures in mixed communities, with a particular emphasis on large homes.
    At least one job opportunity per house accessible by public transport, walking or cycling.
    Shops and a primary school within easy walk of every single home, and all the services expected from a town of up to 20,000 homes.
    A public transport link within ten minutes walk of every home.
    There must be a mixture of housing types and densities, and residents must have a say in how their town is run.
    In 2008 the government announced plans to build upto ten eco-towns by 2020. A number of sites have been short listed. (the figure below). these will be small new towns of between 5,000 and 20,000 homes. The housing minister, Caroline Flint, said the new towns would help to tackle climate change, as well as providing affordable new housing. The government plans to form a panel of experts who will subject potential developers to tough tests before they win the right to build the towns.
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    The eco-towns programme is intended to offer the opportunity to achieve high standards of sustainable living while also maximising the potential for affordable housing. Some 30% to 40% of housing in each eco-town is to be allocated as affordable, and made available to the thousands currently on the local housing waiting lists. The largest will provide up to 20,000 new homes, with officials saying the towns should be "zero-carbon" developments and should be exemplary in one area of sustainability, such as energy production or waste disposal. The new environmentally-friendly towns - low-energy, carbon-neutral developments built from recycled materials - will be the first new towns in England since the 1960s. The eco-towns will be mainly car-free and the idea is that key roads will be restricted to 15 mph.
    {http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/46068000/gif/_46068733_england_eco_towns_226map.gif} England's new eco-towns
    On 16th July 2009, the government scale-down the number of locations to four. They are Rackheath, Norfolk; north-west Bicester, Oxfordshire; Whitehill Bordon, East Ants; and the China Clay Community near St Austell, Cornwall. Construction would be under way by 2016, later than originally envisaged. Some of the proposed sites have met with opposition from local residents and councils. One of these is West Otmoor, southwest of Bicester in Oxfordshire. It lies west of the M40 and straddles the A34. The local council has expressed concern at the loss of green belt land, and the effects that the new town will have on rural roads and nature conversation sites. It is also concerned at the impact it will have on the regeneration of existing towns in the area such as Bicester.
    Housing Minister John Healey wants to see a second wave of at least six eco-towns and is making up to £5m available for councils to conduct further planning work on proposals.

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