Eco-town project fails approval

The Co-operative Group’s eco-town project at Pennbury, Leicestershire, has been rejected by the Government.

Proposals for the settlement on Co-operative Group land were denied in the first phase of the scheme. Only four towns have been approved in the first wave, though the Government wants up to ten eco-towns by 2020.


Lynda Shillaw, Managing Director, The Co-operative Estates, said: “The Government recognises that our proposed scheme has the potential to benefit Leicester in terms of affordable housing supply, green infrastructure and other sustainable benefits.

“While our site is not in the first wave of Eco Towns, the announcement means that we will continue to work with the local authorities in Leicestershire to bring our plans and ideas forward through the local planning processes, enabling it to be considered alongside other proposals such as the need for an incremental 8,000 homes in Market Harborough, currently being debated as part of the review of the Local Development Framework.”

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