No Eco-town for North West
The shortlist of potential eco-towns announced on 3rd April by Housing Minister Caroline Flint MP did not include any sites in the
While Cheshire CPRE vociferously opposed the bid put forward for Wardle, we had high hopes for the proposed redevelopment of over 400 acres of brownfield land at the former Shell petrochemical works at Carrington, in Trafford.
We felt that this site, on the southern fringes of
However, the old Shell site will still need to be redeveloped, and CPRE will be looking to Trafford Borough to see if any development can be as close as possible to the eco-town concept and our ten tests.
The Government plans to build 10 eco-towns by 2020. CPRE supports the principle of environmentally friendly development, but we can only support proposals for eco-towns that meet the following 10 tests:
CPRE’s 10 tests for Eco-towns
1. The public and affected communities should be fully consulted on schemes, including the principle of whether or not to have an eco-town in their area.
2. Schemes should be tested through regional spatial strategies and local development framework reviews. These should ensure that decisions on eco-towns take full account of evidence on environmental effects, housing need and alternatives for meeting this.
3. Decisions on eco-towns should be accompanied by evidence that demonstrates a new settlement to be the most sustainable option for accommodating housing growth compared with other options, such as redeveloping an existing urban brownfield site or an urban extension.
4. Schemes should demonstrate efficient use of land, with densities capable of supporting public transport and a high priority given to recycling brownfield land and buildings.
5. They should be genuinely carbon neutral, taking into account potential emissions from transport (domestic, public and commercial) and buildings (in construction and use).
6. They should foster a strong sense of place and community, achieve CABE gold Building for Life Standards, with high quality public spaces, architecture and street layouts that give priority to pedestrians and non-motorised transport, including substantial car free areas.
7. They should be subject to an independent landscape character appraisal, be sympathetic to their setting and clearly enhance the local landscape, built and natural heritage, including through the designation of new Green Belt where appropriate.
8. They should include measures designed to conserve water and other natural resources, minimise soil, air, noise and light pollution and achieve zero-waste.
9. They should be complete communities with homes (with at least 50% affordable), schools, workplaces, shops, recreation, community and health facilities and open space within walking distance and foster active, sustainable lifesty
10. They should be well connected to surroundings with high quality public transport providing good access to nearby settlements and local supply networks, with sourcing of local produce, such as food, fuel and reple