Every existing town should make the transition to being an eco-town, not just a handful of new towns – which may be far less green than they at first appear.
One of the Government’s planned ‘eco-towns’ is on the outskirts of Norwich. The plans are generally quite good, mostly on a brownfield site – but the scheme as it stands is dependent upon building a massive new dual-carriageway road around the north side of Norwich, if it is to work.
This is completely ridiculous – you cannot have a genuinely eco-town that is highly dependent upon a major road-building scheme. By definition, a true eco-town should be designed to maximise the use of public transport, cycling etc, as are the existing eco-towns in other countries that provided the original inspiration for Britain’s ‘eco-town’ plans.