Proposals have been put forward for a 5,000 home eco village comprising sustainable homes within a self-contained community. 

Developers want to build the eco village on farmland near Westbury-on-Severn in Gloucester, and have submitted the proposal to the Forest of Dean District Council (FODDC)

The proposed brand new town, which would be built on farmland, would have its own railway station and park and ride along the A48 in Gloucestershire, near Westbury-on-Severn.

The developers hope the proposed village will significantly increase new housing and achieve a sustainable development.

Paul Fong from Ridge and Partners, which has developed the village, said: “Everything is at an early stage in terms of planning but we have put the idea of a new settlement at this location to the district council.

“The concept is a sustainable community connected to Gloucester by rail. It will be a self-contained community with most of the facilities people need in one place so they don’t have to travel outside the settlement.”

However, residents say that the volume of traffic on the A48 will be a major constraint to the plans, and argue that the lanes will not be able to accommodate any more traffic. 

Developers have reportedly admitted the traffic on the busy A48 is a concern, but hope that approval of the development will generate the investment needed to reopen a train station nearby. 

Developing Sustainable Homes

The homebuilding industry is continually exploring new ways of improving sustainability and reducing carbon emissions. Last week a study revealed that timber frame construction could store up to 700 million tonnes of carbon a year

Self build also offers an opportunity for homeowners to design and build their own homes with sustainability in mind, incorporating the latest renewable technology for heat and power. In addition to the ecological benefits, creating a low-energy demand home also means lower monthly bills for the inhabitants.

(MORE: 15 Inspiring Eco Homes)

In the next step for the proposed eco village, the FODDC planning chief Nigel Gibbons will talk residents through the plans on 17 February. According to the FODDC website: “The FODDC is reviewing the Local Plan which will set out how the Forest of Dean will develop over the next 20 years to 2041 and help deliver new homes and jobs and safeguard the environmental assets we value.”

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