This is not “Not In My Back Yard-ism”. Government figures recommend 6,500 new homes for the Harborough district of Leicestershire and Harborough Borough Council have already planned for most of these to be incorporated on brownfield sites in Market Harborough. Fair enough. But the Co-operative Group want to build Pennbury, an “Eco Town”.
Building an “Eco Town” on green wedge well in excess of local housing requirements cannot be ecologically acceptable.
The Co-operative Group’s previous plans to build 5,000 houses on the site as a sustainable urban extension have been rejected before. Pennbury, a “self-contained Eco Town of 20,000 homes” is nothing but a profit-making opportunity.
How practical is it to expect Pennbury to remain self-contained? Will house-buyers be expected to sign a clause stating they won’t work, send their children to schools or take part in leisure events outside of Pennbury? How enforceable would that be? Of course not, Pennbury residents are going to clog the already congested A6 and A47 and bring about gridlock. In any case, new house-buyers at some point are going to want to sell their home on Pennbury and either down-size to a retirement home or upgrade to a larger family home. The idea of Pennbury being “self-contained” is completely impractical.
Who’s going to live there? Not locals who are aware of local opposition to the site. So Pennbury will be a dormitory town of incomers that doesn’t have the infrastructure to support it.
If anyone could answer these questions, I’d welcome suggestions. Here’s a child’s view of what Pennbury will mean.