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Eco towns should overturn conventional thinking on infrastructure

Totally new thinking about infrastructure is the most efficient and cost effective way to make proposed eco towns work said Town and Country Planning Association chief executive Gideon Amos today.

Car free areas, allotments and rainwater harvesting are a few of the recommendations in the first eco town worksheets on transport, community development and water cycle management launched by the planning experts at TCPA.

"The primary opportunity presented by the development of an eco town as a form of new settlement is cost efficiency in putting in place new infrastructure at the outset through initial planning," Amos said.

"Laying down entirely new, rather than relying on old, infrastructure – whether it be physical, social or environmental – is much more cost effective than in existing urban locations."

Secretary of State for Communities Hazel Blears backed Amos's views.

"Eco Towns because they are new settlements, present opportunities to create a different kind of town from scratch, meeting the highest standards in terms of sustainable development and minimising carbon footprints, social justice and inclusive communities," she said.

The worksheets can be downloaded from:

here for transport,

here for water,

and here for communities.

Read more about the criteria for new eco towns here.

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