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Downturn wrecks zero carbon homes bid

The downturn has forced a rethink on plans for a zero carbon housing development near Wigan.

The North West Development Agency (NWDA) and Homes and Community Agency (HCA) tendering the scheme at Bickershaw – a former coalfield site.

The mixed use development would have included around 650 homes on the 35 acre site and was included in the national Carbon Challenge programme which meant properties were expected to meet Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

The original tender process was launched in February 2008

A joint statement from NWDA and HCA said: “Unfortunately, since then there have been a number of issues with the scheme which the partners have needed to review.

“These include the financial viability of the project, particularly in light of current economic conditions.

“As a result, the partners have decided to discontinue the current tendering exercise with a view to re-advertising the development opportunity once a way forward has been agreed.”

The Carbon Challenge programme was started to try to accelerate the housebuilding industry’s response to climate change by fast-tracking the creation of a number of zero carbon

Its objective is to raise the environmental performance of new communities while still delivering quality and high standards of design.