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New vision for eco-town unveiled

Artist's impression of eco-homes
The group wants to see new housing kept to a minimum

Rising fuel prices should force developers to re-consider their plans for a new eco-town on the outskirts of Leicester, a pressure group has said.

Transition Leicester has put together a fresh set of proposals which would see the greenfield site used mainly for food production.

The group has also proposed the building of hundreds of houses rather than thousands.

They also want local materials to be used for new buildings such as schools.

'Cutting-edge' plans

Robin de Carteret from Transition Leicester said their aim was to reduce the amount of fuel required for transport in a climate of rising costs.

"We think our proposal points a way towards a truly sustainable and inspiring use of the land, and something that local people could feel truly proud of.

"It would provide new skills and new jobs for local people, reduce the need for resource-intensive expansion of transport infrastructure and improve the resilience of Leicester's food supply.

"It could put Leicester at the cutting edge of planning for a sustainable future, setting an example for other cities around the world. We'd love to see that happen."

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The group says soaring energy costs make the town unsustainable




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