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UK's 'first eco-suburb' unveiled

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Sutton Borough Council has unveiled plans for what it claims will be the UK’s first eco-suburb.

The south London local authority is consulting on a masterplan for the suburb of Hackbridge, which is also the location of the pioneering BedZED zero-carbon development.

The masterplan is based on One Planet Living principles, which is based on the idea that residents in the area use their fair share of the Earth’s resources.

The master plan sets out proposals for more than 1000 new energy-efficient homes and fitting existing dwellings with energy saving technology.

It also proposes the use of locally produced, renewable energy to power the area’s buildings and cutting commuting by creating local employment for residents.

The planning blueprint for Hackbridge covers four major industrial sites which have been identified for redevelopment.

The project is being developed in partnership with sustainability consultancy BioRegional, which helped to develop the BedZED eco-village.

Sutton leader Sean Brennan (Lib Dem) said: “The way we live in the UK and the drain this has on the earth’s resources simply cannot continue. Councils must start taking the lead if we are to transform our communities and save the planet from climate change.

“The Hackbridge project is the biggest, most ambitious and most challenging that we have ever undertaken. Schemes like this are absolutely essential if we want to safeguard our local areas for current and future generations, and working with local people will be at the heart of the project.

“We believe Hackbridge can set the standard for modern, eco-conscious living that protects the environment and enables residents to live healthy, prosperous and sustainable lifestyles.”

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