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Call to council over eco-town bid

Protest against the Middle Quinton eco-town earlier this year
People living near Long Marston have held several protests

Protesters have called on councillors to reject plans for a so-called "eco-town" in south Warwickshire.

The site at Middle Quinton, near Long Marston, is among 15 in England shortlisted by the government to become new "environmentally-friendly" towns.

But a demonstration has taken place outside Stratford-on-Avon District Council offices.

Protesters are worried about the impact of the 6,000 new homes and say there has not been sufficient consultation.

Opponents from the Better Accessible Responsible Development (Bard) Campaign believe the development will lead to congestion in nearby villages as new home owners travel to work and take children to school.

Government ministers have said the new towns will be made up of low-energy, carbon-neutral developments built from recycled materials.

Housing minister Caroline Flint said they would help to tackle climate change, as well as providing affordable new housing.

The final 10 sites will be chosen in the next six months and work on them is expected to start by 2020.

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