How can this be allowed to happen? this is a scandal the Government are simply doing what the developers tell them. This level of carbon output is about as required by current building regulations this makes it a new town not and Eco-Town.
Each town is expected to be carbon-neutral, but the Government has bowed to developers concerns that the highest criteria (Level 6) for zero-carbon homes could add £30,000 to building costs.
Caroline Flint, the Housing Minister, told The Times yesterday that, until 2016, the new homes could be built at the much lower Level 3, provided that this was balanced by other energy reducing measures. “We are in negotiations with developers and hope many of them will go further,” she said.