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'Eco-town' plans: Your views

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The government is insisting that people's views will not be ignored when new so-called eco-towns are considered.

A shortlist of 15 sites has been drawn-up from which 10 will be selected for actual development.

The government wants the towns to be as green as possible but the plans have received a mixed welcome.

Below are some of the comments that have been sent to BBC News website. Click on the interactive map above to jump to comments about individual eco-town sites.

BORDON, HAMPSHIRE

Whilst I recognise that Bordon needs completely re-developing once the army vacate their premises (it is currently very tatty), further consideration needs to be given to the villages near Bordon, places where people have moved to to get away from the rat race and who will not take kindly to their villages being encroached upon by large scale development nearby.
Gary Garland, Alton, Hampshire

Bordon, Hampshire
The Bordon eco-town would be built just to the left of this picture. Photo: Dave Cox
Bordon is a good site. It re-uses a MOD site when it is vacated by the army. It will be good for the surrounding area especially if there are more community facilities rather than those limited to MOD personnel. It will bring more trade to the town which will encourage better shops.
Bob Robinson, Liss, Hampshire

Bordon hasn't got a railway, hasn't got the jobs, and no doubt will be built on cheap ex-army land. People living in the eco-houses will have to use the un-eco A325 to strike north and south to the A31 or A3 to get to places where they will work. As usual good spin on a poor idea.
Lawrence Attrill, Farnborough, Hampshire

COLTISHALL, NORFOLK

Coltishall is a wonderful small village with a great atmosphere. There will be nothing but protest after protest over this. Furthermore, no-one can see where these houses are going to be as we are surrounded by the wonderful Norfolk broads.
Ian, Coltishall, Norfolk

I live fairly close to Coltishall and feel that it is an absolutely brilliant idea to be building these kind of homes. My partner and I would be very interested in living in a home like this, especially in a small eco-community.
Jeffrey Dale, Norwich

CURBOROUGH, STAFFORDSHIRE

I went to the exhibition about the new plans and I challenged the fact that 5000 new houses will create approx 7500 additional cars on the local roads. They said that a new park and ride system would be built to take these people to Lichfield, but where do they go from there? There are no seats whatsoever on trains to London as it is! And that's assuming that they will commute and not ever work or drive locally. The congestion and pollution will be unbearable!
Joanne Lewis, Alrewas, Staffordshire

This eco-friendly town will cause a massive impact not only to our local traffic but on our overall resources. We as a community have already taken steps to fight this and will fight it to the end.
Resident of Fradley, Staffordshire

ELSENHAM, ESSEX

I fail to see how it will be an ecologically friendly site. In order to build the 'eco-town' the housing will undoubtedly have to be constructed on farm land. Provided the proposed expansion of Stansted Airport, which borders Elsenham, leaves any suitable sites for development. In addition to this there is no local industry apart from the poorly paid casual jobs at Stansted so people will need to drive to get to work, and the shops. Stupid idea.
David Rodgers, Bideford

I live in Elsenham and can't believe or understand the logic for an eco-town here. Small, inappropriate country lanes with single file traffic on 2 of the routes out of the village. Overcrowded trains. Schools full. Low unemployment. One of the driest areas in the country. Another 5000+ houses and perhaps 8000+ more cars on the road? I don't think so!
Rocky Stevens, Elsenham, Essex

FORD, WEST SUSSEX

The local area has already suffered from too much development over the last two decades. The coastal strip is already urban almost continuously from Brighton to Bognor with an enormous amount of expansion already underway. The road network cannot cope with twice daily traffic jams along the A29. Ford airfield may be designated a brownfield site but apart from the runways most of the land inside the boundary is farm land.
David Sharratt, Yapton, West Sussex

This site, albeit a brownfield site, sits partially in a floodplain - do we really want to encourage such sites for housing? This development is dependent on a new rail station with better access across the level crossing - possibly a bridge and a second dual carriageway/bypass being built around Arundel and on the old watermeadows. The town might be eco efficient but the infrastructure required for its implementation certainly isn't.
Vicky Newman, Ford, West Sussex

HANLEY GRANGE, CAMBRIDGESHIRE

There does not appear to be any rationale behind the choice and I fear this has absolutely nothing to do with meeting Cambridgeshire's needs. We are already accommodating the development of the largest new town in England since Milton Keynes. The location is so remote from major areas of employment that the increase on the already stretched road network will be serious.
Cllr Matt Bradney, Cambridge

Not another new town in Cambridgeshire surely. First Cambourne, then Northstowe and now Hanley Grange. They'll be building on the Fens soon.
John, Cambridge

'IMERYS', CORNWALL

Great. Not only have they authorised one of these 'eco-towns' in close proximity to the largest settlement of the county without detailed proposals as to how local amenities and infrastructure will support the increased population but they name it Imerys after the giant corporation which owns the land and intends to build it.
Phillip Jones, St Austell, Cornwall

I hope Imerys gets built. We're crying out for affordable housing in Cornwall. Not many people realise that Cornwall is the poorest region in North West Europe. The average household income is just 18,000 while the average house price is around 250,000 - completely unaffordable for local people. The more housing they build here the better.
Jago, Cornwall

LEEDS CITY REGION, WEST YORKSHIRE

I can't believe it's taken us so long and these aren't built yet! I really hope they build some in the Leeds region as it's my idea of ideal living conditions. One of these days I'll be able to live in a carbon-neutral home - I just hope that the rest of the world wakes up and wants to do the same!
Tracey Dixon, Leeds

Is anybody considering the quality of life and financial implications of the current residents? We came to live here to get away from the town/city environment; if this goes ahead we will now find ourselves living on what amounts to a giant estate with all the crime implications that go with it; and what about the effect of this on the value of our properties - not least of which is that as we will be effectively living on a building site for 10 years, so how will we be able to sell our properties if we needed to?
Glenn Pawson/Sally Holdsworth, Eggborough, North Yorkshire

MANBY, LINCOLNSHIRE

I think this is a great idea. It will bring people into the area and help rejuvenate the pretty market town of Louth as well as bringing jobs. The site seems to be a good choice, in a very pleasant part of the region and not far from Lincoln and Grimsby. The only reservation I have is the poor state of the public transport system in this area which would need a complete overhaul and expansion if the new town were to be truly eco-friendly.
Alex Beeby, Lincoln

I think they are probably a good idea. However I live near the Manby site where they plan to build 5000 homes, this is all well and good but it's a rural area with not many job opportunities, so why build there? Surely it would be better near a major city?
Lee England, Louth

MARSTON VALE & NEW MARSTON, BEDFORDSHIRE

I live near both proposed Marston sites. The traffic around here is already horrendous. The trains are at capacity, and the police are officially the worst performing in England! A large percentage of people also commute from this area, surely injecting so many more people into the area is madness.
Cheryl, Bedfordshire

Based on my own experience of living in 'old' Marston, it's rare that a development of this size brings any public services with it (e.g. schools, GP surgeries etc) which will just mean adding more people to an infrastructure already struggling to cope. Also, the development will sit slap in the middle of various landfill sites, hence the 'affordable' price tag. Eco-friendly? I think not.
Ed Neale, London

MIDDLE QUINTON, WARWICKSHIRE

Middle Quinton
Middle Quinton. Photo: Peter Tandy
I live on the edge of Stratford, about five miles away. Opponents claim that the development would spoil the "rural character" of this former army depot, which is currently being used as a storage and distribution park generating hundreds of heavy lorry movements a day through the historic centre of Stratford. What "rural character" can they mean? One suspects that the objections have more to do with the prospect of affordable houses in this area of notoriously high affordability pressure.
Barbara Cooper, Stratford-upon-Avon

This would be an absolute disaster for the area. The transport infrastructure around Long Marston is very poor, consisting of narrow lanes and an already over-busy and dangerous road with a long history of fatalities. The impact of the new town on the area would be entirely negative because, with 6,000 extra homes and around 10,000 extra cars, the extra carbon pollution generated as those living on the site travel to and from work would more than offset any benefit from the way the houses are built.
Peter Tandy, Stratford-upon-Avon

PENNBURY, LEICESTERSHIRE

If you look at the satellite picture of the area the overwhelming impression you get is green. That is because essentially this is a greenfield development. To call it "eco" beggars belief when basically you are painting it grey by pouring concrete over it.
Toby Delahooke, Little Stretton, Leicestershire

Part of the proposed site for Pennbury
A view of the land where Pennbury would be built. Photo: Toby Delahooke
The site of Pennbury lies about 2 km from the existing edge of Leicester. Far from being an eco-town, or any kind of town, what is proposed is a suburb to add to the city's urban sprawl.
Karsten Grummitt, Leicester

I live close to the proposed Pennbury site and I don't think I've heard one voice in support of it here. The location they've chosen has no direct route into the city centre but it's so close to Leicester, that has to be a draw. The local traffic infrastructure is in no way geared up for the extra traffic / bus services that will be created by this. I'm all in favour of eco-towns but if they're meant to be self-sufficient do they have to be built almost on top of existing cities?
Ross, Leicester

ROSSINGTON, SOUTH YORKSHIRE

I live in Rossington with a current population of 14,000. The so-called eco-town proposals may triple the population to 42,000. Most of these will not find work in Rossington but commute miles by car to Doncaster, Leeds or Sheffield. How environmentally friendly is that? Eco-towns are just a way for developers to make millions at our expense.
Robert Wise, Rossington, South Yorkshire

I have to say it sounds terrible. We are fortunate enough to be surrounded by beautiful countryside and historic woodland, why on earth would anyone think it eco-friendly to build on that! The village has started to get back on its feet after the loss of so many mining jobs. More employment opportunities are what is needed, not gigantic housing estates, however well intentioned.
Kate, Rossington, South Yorkshire

RUSHCLIFFE, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

It's difficult to express any doubts about the eco-towns without sounding like a NIMBY but it really is nothing more than an abuse of the 'eco' badge in order to let developers build on greenbelt land. Are we really expected to believe that these towns will be carbon neutral and that no one who lives there will commute to work everyday?
Howard French, East Leake, Nottinghamshire

If this happens then south Nottinghamshire villages will be swallowed up as towns. Our countryside is beautiful and the walks will just disappear - this is sheer folly. I moved here 19 years ago to be in the sticks, and the thought of an urban sprawl again is appalling. Let us all fight all the way.
Terry Killeavy, Gotham, Rushcliffe borough

WESTON OTMOOR, OXFORDSHIRE

The point of building eco houses appears to be a good idea in view of the current climate change, however to even propose to build any houses let alone a complete new village on the 'Weston Otmoor' location is ridiculous. This proposed site is a massive flood plain area. How hypocritical would this be building an environment friendly village on this location. Does Mr Brown propose to issue each household with a boat!
Lesley Bond, Wendlebury, Oxfordshire

There is already major congestion on the roads in this area. Also a major new housing development which will be built in Bicester is already going to increase the volume of traffic and people. I cannot see how the current infrastructure could sustain another new development which would result in more land being required to build new transport links.
Anon, Bicester



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