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£60 million for green homes

  • Published: Monday, 8 February 2010

Britain's biggest ever green home-building programme is about to begin. A £60 million government spend will enable 600 new homes, a third of them affordable, to be built in four eco-towns. The money will also support the greening of local transport, education, and existing buildings in these areas.

Where the eco-towns are located

The new homes will be built in and around four pioneering eco-town locations. These are:

  • Whitehill-Bordon - Hampshire
  • St Austell - Cornwall
  • Rackheath - Norfolk
  • North West Bicester - Oxfordshire

By 2016, 10,000 new green homes will have been designed, planned and built in these areas, to world leading environmental standards. Building the homes could create up to 2,000 local jobs, including apprenticeships to help advance new green building skills.

What the eco homes will be like

Technology that will come as standard in the eco homes includes:

  • equipment to generate power from natural sources (solar, wind, or ground)
  • smart meters to track energy use
  • electric car charging points
  • insulation to the toughest ever standards
  • local systems for saving water, recycling and composting waste

Greener local services for all residents of eco-towns

Support from the government will bring greener living not only to those who buy the new eco homes, but to 65,000 people who already live nearby.

As well as providing environmental education projects in the eco-towns, the funding will improve existing transport links. As result the eco-town areas will gain:

  • rapid routes for buses with real-time travel information
  • green travel hubs
  • facilities for electric cars and bikes

Housing Minister John Healey said: "By 2016 there will be 10,000 new eco homes in these four areas. But green living isn't just about homes.

"That's why this cash will also help transform local schools and create new transport links and energy sources. By the time the eco-towns are finished, green living will already be a way of life for these communities."

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