Planners give thumbs up to Plymouth eco-village proposal
A 'ZERO-CARBON' eco-village will be a showcase for the city that other developers can copy, planners have been told.
The 91 homes on land north of Tesco at Woolwell could be so efficient that their owners will not have to pay for heating.
The scheme by CornerstoneZed was given an enthusiastic welcome by members of the Plymouth City Council's planning committee yesterday.
Bill Dunster, the founder of the architecture practice ZEDfactory, told the committee that the idea was to show how one could build a low-impact community which also improved quality of life. It would allow the ideas to be rolled out to the rest of the city and offered a concrete vision of the future where local people could go and "kick the tyres". And he said he hoped volume builders would adopt the ideas.
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A covered arcade would be put up as an assembly area for the kit homes. Mr Dunster said it was hoped that this would remain as a commercial operation.
The scheme must still be approved by South Hams District Council because three of the homes will be inside its boundary.
Cllr Tina Tuohy (Lab, Ham) said: "This is an exciting development and will improve the area no end because there is not very much there."
Cllr Lynda Bowyer (Con, Eggbuckland) welcomed the fact that the plan included 20 five-bedroom houses.
"She said it was "I hope this is a catalyst for other developments," she said.