Monday, August 24, 2009

Eco towns get green light despite local opposition

More from the Times Online. More eco facism. The British socialists are trying to ram this down the throats of the citizens even in the face of fierce local opposition. But then, what does it matter what the people want? The government always knows best. I sure as hell hope the eco nazis here aren't paying attention. We're likely to wind up with some eco towns that nobody wants too. These people that are pushing this crap are insane.

Ministers gave approval yesterday for the building of four “pioneer” eco-towns and insisted that at least 10,000 homes would be in place by 2016 in the face of local opposition.

Despite the depth of the recession and fierce local protests, John Healey, the Housing Minister, approved sites in Oxfordshire, Norfolk, Cornwall and Hampshire. The chosen developers for Gordon Brown’s flagship programme will each be able to bid for part of a £60 million pot of extra cash.

Rural campaigners warned that the zero-carbon developments would threaten greenfield sites and local wildlife. There were also concerns that without more public transport, the extra traffic would increase rather than reduce pollution.

The successful bids, all backed by Conservative local authorities, are: Rackheath, Norfolk; Whitehill Bordon, East Hampshire; North West Bicester and the China Clay Community near St Austell, Cornwall. The Government has dropped plans to develop more controversial sites such as Western Otmoor, near Oxford — opposed by Tim Henman’s father, Tony — Ford, West Sussex, and Pennbury, Leicstershire.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England cautiously welcomed the Government’s decision to scale back its orginal shortlist of 15 sites. “From a list of deeply worrying and unsustainable locations the Government has chosen to go with the least damaging, which is enouraging,” said Kate Gordon, the organisation’s senior planning officer.

The Conservatives accused the Government of presiding over an “eco-con” that was mired in controversy. “All the low-flush toilets in the world can’t make dumping a housing estate on green fields somehow eco-friendly,” said Grant Shapps, the Shadow Housing Minister.

Marliyn Metcalfe, head of Bordon Area Action Group, which opposes the scheme in Whitehill Bordon, said: “It beggars belief that another 15,000 people would not damage the surrounding wildlife, that we could all survive on the same amount of water used now, and that doubling the population would produce no more carbon omissions than Bordon today,” Ms Metcalfe said.

All four in the first wave will be expected to have a zero-carbon school by 2013, and parks, playgrounds and gardens will make up 40 per cent of the towns. At least 30 per cent of affordable housing will be required, with one member of each working couple expected to work in the town.

Biomass fuel, solar panels, insulation, water recycling and double glazing are expected to save a typical home £200 to £500 a year. The homes will also have gadgets such as electronic bus timetables on the walls.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Eco Towns are being foisted on these councils. Here in Hampshire we are stuck with Whitehill/Bordon. The Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats never agree on anything, but there is always a first time for everything and this is it. The people of this area are really against the size of the proposed developement - but the parties here are in agreement and against their own party policies. They say that it is better that the council controls the eco town than to have a mish mash of various builders.
There is no certainty that the Army will move out, no contracts have been signed, but the council is spending money like water on a promise of more from this failing Government.
Whitehill/Bordon is the only area of the country that has all 12 native reptiles and much of the area is beautiful heathland. But build 5,500 houses and the attended humans and cars won't affect that. They will not be driven away. So says the council.
They have tried to indoctinate the electorate with the promise of a land of milk and honey. A land with thousands of jobs and NO CARS.
They could spin for England.