Bordon (Eco-Town)

My case study for an Eco-Town in the UK. (World Cities)

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In 2009, Bordon, was announced as the site of a future Eco-town as part of a scheme put in place by the Labour
Party . This, in addition to the Town Council's own 'Green Town Vision', would see the development of Whitehill
Bordon as a carbon-neutral town with sustainable housing and business facilities. The proposal initially included
provisions for 5000 new homes , along with supporting infrastructure , which would require extensive use
of greenfield land , as well as areas reclaimed during the withdrawal of the military presence in the town.
The government funding aims to provide:
affordable housing
sustainable living
carbon neutral developments
creative use of waste and high rates of recycling
employment that is local
locals have a say in the development
local services and schools, so less demand for use of cars
Around £10 million was given by the government. This money funded many local projects.
A brownfield site will be converted into an `exhibition house' informing residents about how low carbon
living can work. The grounds will be designed to encourage local wildlife and grow food.
Energy-saving measures have been started in public buildings. The redeveloped fire station is to have a
biomass boiler .
Free wi-fi in the town centre will enable communities to join together.
Free loft insulation is given to householders to help save energy.
Over 50 green spaces around and within the town are identified to protect and enhance wildlife.A
boardwalk, made from recycled materials is being built.
Eco-grants are available to local businesses to help reduce their carbon footprint.
The initiative hopes to create 5,500 jobs by 2028 .
There is a strong link with the community - with local consultations and representatives.
Although the scheme was supported by the local authority, some local residents expressed concerns over the
inflation of the town, naming the road and transport network as an area of concern . Other concerns raised
include sharp increase in residents, and the lack of infrastructure to facilitate them . After the announcement of
the Eco-town plan, a group of residents formed the Bordon Area Action Group , and opposed the scheme.
However, other residents supported the scheme, and consultation is ongoing. The Whitehill & Bordon Masterplan
was finalized in 2012.


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