Eco Towns and other housing debacles

Have you joined Better Accessible Responisble Development (BARD) yet?  The fight against the poorly planned and sited “eco’ new town near Stratford-upon-Avon continues, and the number of supporters continues to grow.

I’ve learned several interesting things since the last post on this topic, they are as follows:

  • Overcrowding could be a problem.  The site at Long Marston is approximately 60 hectares in size, and the proposal is for between 6,000 and 15,000 homes to be built.  Even taking the smallest number of homes this leaves a housing density of approximately 75 homes per hectare.  Now the standard level of housing density for a normal housing development is 35 homes per hectare, making Middle Quinton more than double the density of housing of a normal community, it would be more densely housed than many inner-city areas! (see Protest at Gordon Brown’s eco towns grows)
  • Building Design has run a fascinating article from the point of view of the green designers who believe strongly in ‘brown field’ redevelopment and sustainable design.  In the article eco-designers and even mainstream home builders speak out against the government’s rose tinted view of the proposed eco-towns. (see Why Gordon Brown and green don’t mix)
  • BARD have taken legal action against the proposed new town to the High Court. (see Eco-town programme heads to the courts at the government’s own Planning Portal)

There is also now a e-petition on the 10 Downing Street website protesting against the Long Marston development.  You can add your name to the petition by following this link.


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