Cuts Watch #201: Eco-town Reprieve
Plans for a zero-carbon development at Shoreham are to go ahead, but the future of other planned eco-towns remains in the balance. Last month, we reported that funding for the programme was being halved, putting in doubt plans for a wave of new developments, each of about 5,000 houses.
Yesterday evening, the Brighton Argus reported that the Department of Communities and Local Government, has announced that the Shoreham project will receive nearly £2 million – more, in fact, than the £1.5 million planned by the last government. (This may not be entirely unconnected to the fact that Greg Barker, a minister at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, was visiting Shoreham’s lifeboat station to see its innovative low-carbon emission heating system.)
DCLG, however, has not reversed the decision to halve the funding for eco-towns. This means that any reprieves like Shoreham’s are necessarily at the expense of other sites. Whitehill Bordon, St Austell; Rackheath, and Bicester will be more worried now than they were 24 hours ago.