Housing pressures and seasonal changes highlight case for Eco-towns in the South-East

Leading housing and planning experts the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA)[1] today highlighted the case for new eco-towns in the South East, given the urgent need to address climate
change and sustainable housing growth. Climate change predictions in the Thames Region, which has a growing population of 14 million, are that winters will be warmer and wetter, summers hotter and
drier, and air quality may worsen[2].

Speaking at a TCPA/ CLG eco-town and housing growth seminar[3] in Reading TCPA Chief Executive, Gideon Amos said:
“The South East region is facing the dual challenges of climate change and an unparalleled demand for new homes – driven by demographic and population factors, and a crisis of affordability.
Water supply and quality is a particularly pertinent issue to the South East, with summer rainfall decreasing water supplies will be put under increasing pressure and the greater risk of winter
flooding may create water quality problems. We must plan for and adapt to regional climatic variations, ensuring sustainable housing growth and eco-towns are founded on the best environmental data
and built to zero-carbon standards.”

The TCPA, along with homeless charity Shelter and the House Builders Federation, will be speaking to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Homelessness and Housing Need later today to discuss the
opportunity that the eco-towns initiative provides in marrying the social need for more affordable housing and community infrastructure with the environmental issues associated with housing growth,
such as sustainable public transport, protection of biodiversity and low and zero-carbon energy provision.

Gideon Amos added:
“The latest technology must be used to achieve zero carbon homes, the towns must include 50 per cent affordable and social housing, they must also provide strong public transport, adequate
schools and healthcare, and appropriate integration into existing communities.”

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Kate Henderson, Communications Manager
Tel: 020 7930 8903/ 07915 057769
Email: kate.henderson@tcpa.org.uk

Notes to Editors
1. The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) is an independent campaigning charity calling for more integrated planning based on the principles of accessibility, sustainability, diversity,
and community cohesion. The TCPA puts social justice and the environment at the heart of the debate about planning policy, housing and energy supply. We inspire government, industry and campaigners
to take a fresh perspective on major issues including climate change and regeneration. www.tcpa.org.uk

2. For the Environmental Agency’s climate change information for the Thames Region please see http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/regions/thames/?version=1&lang=_e

3. The regional housing growth and eco-towns seminar series is being run by the TCPA and Communities and Local Government (CLG), in partnership with the Academy for Sustainable Communities (ASC).
The programme aims to assist professionals working in delivery agencies, local authorities, development agencies and professional consultancies, as well as elected members and community groups, in
the delivery of eco-towns and more widely in the delivery of new zero-carbon housing growth in the region. For further information about the TCPA/ CLG regional seminars on housing growth and
eco-towns please download the brochure from http://www.tcpa.org.uk/conference_files/2008-NP-ETSeminar_BROCHURE.pdf . Press and media representatives are welcome to attend the seminars for free
– please contact Kate Henderson.

4. A resource webpage dedicated to the TCPA’s involvement in researching the criteria for new eco-towns, featuring the TCPA’s eco-towns scoping report, project contacts and news related
items can be accessed at http://www.tcpa.org.uk/ecotowns.asp

5. ASC is the national centre for delivering the skills and knowledge needed to make better places. ASC undertakes major research studies, develops new learning resources, promotes good practice
and co-ordinates careers drives. www.ascskills.org.uk