Bordon – Transformation to a planned town
Bordon is all MOD land and the council has plans to develop an Eco town on the land. This has raised some conflict with some people, due to things like loss of jobs (even though they are saying there will eventually be an increase in jobs), increase in traffic and the fear of destroying the natural environment.
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It is interesting to see on this website about the eco town how they have almost tailored it so that the fears of conflicting opinions within the current town will be at ease
What I would like to focus on creatively, is the kind of things that will or could be left behind. I have a feeling these things may become more obvious once I have visited the town. When everybody thinks of Bordon (that I have spoken to) they think of it as an army that is primarily built for the army to live in.
This is an idea of what an eco town will look like (apologies for the poor quality of pictures)
Screenshots taken from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v37f5odx6ZM
In 2009, Bordon was announced as the site of a future Eco-town as part of a scheme put in place by the Labour Party. This, in addition to the Town Council’s own ‘Green Town Vision’, would see the development of Whitehill Bordon as a carbon-neutral town with sustainable housing and business facilities. The existing Green Town Vision aimed to ensure that all new development of the town would by beneficial to the local environment, and the Eco-town scheme would provide the necessary support and funding to allow sustainable regeneration of the area. The proposal initially included provisions for 5000 new homes, along with supporting infrastructure, which would require extensive use of greenfield land, as well as areas reclaimed during the withdrawal of the military presence in the town.
Although the scheme was supported by the local authority, some local residents expressed concerns over the inflation of the town, naming the road and transport network as an area of concern. Other concerns raised include sharp increase in residents, and the lack of infrastructure to facilitate them. After the announcement of the Eco-town plan, a group of residents formed the Bordon Area Action Group, and opposed the scheme. They argued that the development failed sustainability tests, and claimed that consultation was rigged. However, other residents supported the scheme, and consultation is ongoing. After the election of the coalition government in 2010, the future of the Eco-town scheme became unclear. Funding was cut by half, and support from the government was significantly reduced. However, the project continued, and eco-town projects that have already been awarded funding, such as free internet, have been implemented.