European Eco-Town Research

NEW RESEARCH REVEALS SUCCESSFUL EUROPEAN MODELS HOLD THE KEY TO UK ECO-TOWN DEVELOPMENT

  • Research group identifies 4 overriding principles to facilitate success of eco-towns
  • European exemplar schemes all demonstrate 6 critical success factors under broad themes relating to connectivity, community, climate change, character, cash flow and collaboration
  • Research group identifies 29 steps to improve success of eco-towns or new housing-led community development
  • Research comprised detailed studies of developments in Amersfoort (Holland), Adamstown (Ireland), Hammarby Sjostad (Sweden), Freiburg, Hafen City and Kronsberg (Germany)

New research analysing some of today’s exemplary European eco-town projects has identified critical factors behind each development’s independent success – PRP, URBED and Design for Homes have launched their initial findings as they feel these results could hold the key to UK eco-town development. These emerging research results were released as the government concluded its first consultation on its paper, Eco Towns: Living a Greener Future.

Having analysed the projects under the themes of connectivity, community, climate proofing, character, cash flow and collaboration, the team identified four key principles for success:

Vision. The UK can avoid making further mistakes by learning from Europe and earlier British experience with new communities, particularly as far as the location and mix of uses and tenures is concerned.

Planning. A properly funded and comprehensive masterplan in spatial, social and economic terms must provide the long-term direction needed to give investors confidence, along with enough flexibility to allow for changing circumstances.