Last April, we reported that UK actress Judi Dench was joining a growing movement against a proposed eco-village near the birthplace of William Shakespeare. The location would be about six miles from Stratford upon-Avon in the heart of the English countryside. At the time, Dench had said she wasn’t against eco-villages in general — just the development of one within close proximity to a national treasure.
Unfortunately for that group, a judge has ruled that the government has done nothing wrong and planning can continue. From the article,
Speaking after the ruling, David Bliss, chairman of the Bard campaign, vowed to keep on fighting. “Poorly-sited eco-towns will lead to soulless commuter-based dormitory towns becoming expensive white elephants of the future. We do not intend to stand by and watch this happen,” he said.
But Margaret Beckett, the housing minister who will make a final decision on the sites to be developed later this year, welcomed the court’s ruling. She described eco-towns as “a unique opportunity to deliver much-needed affordable housing, built in a way which, by incorporating the very latest energy-saving techniques, benefits both residents and the wider community”.
Ready for the next round, Dench?
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