Promoters of the Rackheath Eco-Community reassure supporters

Promoters of the Rackheath Eco-Community have reassured supporters the pioneering green development is still very much in progress, despite the current challenging economic climate.

News of widespread spending cuts and policy reviews being implemented by the new coalition government are naturally creating uncertainty in many areas.

However, it is encouraging to note the new administration’s commitment to sustainable building projects with housing minister Grant Shapps calling for zero carbon schemes from 2016.

Mr Shapps says new homes should be built to improved energy efficiency standards and be able to use onsite renewables to reduce emissions - factors which underpin the original concept of the Rackheath Eco-Community, the only project to be granted Grade A status in terms of suitability for a sustainable development.

Paul Knowles, of Norwich-based Building Partnerships who are promoting Rackheath commented: “The need to provide growth for business and more houses, particularly of affordable homes, remains.

“Rackheath continues to be at the forefront of sustainable development and offers a real and genuine solution to the problems we face over climate change.

“We want to assure the many people who’ve supported the scheme that we remain committed to delivering an exemplar development, even through these uncertain times. We know the demand is there, given the interest we have had from people wanting to live or work on the site.”