Bickleigh 'eco village' plan unveiled

Bickleigh eco village impression
Image caption An artist's impression of the project which will include homes for sale and rent

A housing project with up to 86 "zero-carbon" houses and flats and a business park is planned on the outskirts of Plymouth.

The city council is selling about 3.6 hectares (8.9 acres) of its land to developer CornerstoneZED, at Bickleigh to build the homes.

Zero-carbon homes aredefined by the government as not adding any extra carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.

The government wants all new homes in England to be zero-carbon, by 2016.

The council said the "eco village" would include up to 66 zero-carbon houses and 20 flats for sale and rent with "further opportunities for self build".

Councillor Ted Fry said: "Sustainable housing is a significant area for future housing growth which is very important for Plymouth.

"This project is also great news for the city's economy."

Tim Byles, chief executive of CornerstoneZED, said the project "paves the way to putting Plymouth on the map as a centre of excellence for the low-carbon industries".

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