The environmentalists are confused. On the one hand they hate anything that involves building a house on some land. On the other, they love anything with 'eco' in the title.
What to do about Eco-towns?
Affordable housing in the UK is generally a term that means social housing. This means that rate payers and neighbours foot the bill either through rates or built into the purchase price of the house.
Housing stock should be 30-50% affordable housing with a good mix of tenures and size of homes in mixed communities
What do people think of it?
But the government continues to back the plans. On Monday, it argued the general public supported eco-town development - 46% of adults supporting the idea, while 9% against, it said a YouGov survey found
That's pretty impressive, when you consider that England has a massive anti-development lobby, which has assisted in making housing unaffordable almost anywhere in England except for those on very high incomes. Is the eco label really that powerful?
This changed to 34% support and 15% opposition when people were asked if eco-towns should be built within five miles of their home.
Not as powerful as NIMBYism, apparently. Just read some of the comments to see the depressingly closed minds of the English. Perhaps the reason it is so hard to find a cheap building site in New Zealand is that so many English have landed up here?
Perhaps they wouldn't need so much social housing if the real stuff wasn't so insanely expensive?