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Eco Town rejected

Plans for the first ever UK town to be powered by recycled materials have been unanimously rejected by local councillors following a campaign backed by actors John Nettles and Dame Judi Dench plus racing driver Johnny Herbert.

The proposals for a 6,000 home Eco Town at Long Marston in Warwickshire were rejected by Stratford-on-Avon District Council's Full Council on Monday (12 May).

The environmental credentials of the development for up to 20,000 people included the generation of electricity from the town’s domestic and industrial waste and sewage, solar water heating, high insulation standards, heat recovery ventilation and design emphasising solar gain.

But, this Conservative, Lib Dem and independent councillors were unpersuaded and decided not to support the Middle Quinton development proposed by regeneration specialist St Modwen and developer the Bird Group.

The council – which has no Labour representataives - will now write to the Government asking for the development to be removed from its Eco Town shortlist. 

Middle Quinton's green credentials:
Generation of electricity from waste and sewage
Solar water heating
High insulation standards.
Heat recovery ventilation.
Design emphasising solar gain
Council leader Cllr Les Topham said: “This is only the first stage for the Council in this process.  The District Council has made its intentions clear not to support the proposed development and the District Council is very unhappy to have developments like these imposed on us from Government.'

This Council argues the plans are unsustainability without massive investment, will damage the landscape of south Warwickshire and is not supported residents.

Eco Towns are part of the Government’s drive to build sutainable communities across the UK. A shortlist of 15 sites was drawn up earlier this year with five projects set to be built by 2013 and another five by 2020.

Several sites have provoked strong opposition while some sustainable experts have suggested the Government is putting too much of a focus on setting high standards for Eco Towns while failing to address other new building projects and the existing housing stock.