Case study of a British ecotown: Whitehill Bordon

In 2009 the UK Government named four towns as 'ecotowns'. The towns receive some government funding and are granted ecotown status on the basis of the potential for achieving a high level of sustainability. The government funding aims to provide:

  • affordable housing
  • sustainable living
  • carbon neutral developments
  • creative use of waste and high rates of recycling
  • employment that is local
  • locals have a say in the development
  • local services and schools, so less demand for use of cars

Whitehill Bordon is one example of an ecotown and was given the status in 2009.

The development of the ecotown

  • Around £10 million was given by the government. This money funded many local projects.
  • MOD land (a brownfield site) will be converted into an exhibition house informing residents about how low carbon living can work. The grounds will be designed to encourage local wildlife and grow food.
  • Energy-saving measures have been started in public buildings. The redeveloped fire station is to have a biomass boiler.
  • Free wi-fi in the town centre will enable communities to join together.
  • Free loft insulation is given to householders to help save energy.
  • Over 50 green spaces around and within the town are identified to protect and enhance wildlife. A boardwalk, made from recycled materials is being built.
  • Eco-grants are available to local businesses to help reduce their carbon footprint.
  • The initiative hopes to create 5,500 jobs by 2028.
  • There is a strong link with the community - with local consultations and representatives.
Bedzed, an eco-village in Beddington, Surrey
Bedzed, an eco-village in Beddington, Surrey