MQT on 2006-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2006
Question By: 
Roger Evans
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Can you update the Assembly on your plans to construct an `eco-suburb' that follows a similar model to the Dongtan project in Chongming Island, China?


Answer for Eco-suburbs

Answer for Eco-suburbs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In my London Energy Strategy, I proposed that there should be at least one zero-carbon development in every London Borough by 2010. The first zero carbon development is planned for Gallions Park in the Albert Basin in Newham. The design brief was developed by ARUP, the same consultants who are advising the Dongtan project.I recently announced the shortlisted parties for the first phase of the development. We expect to announce the preferred partner by the end of the year. The first phase is for approx 200 homes with the aim of providing thermally efficient buildings, heated and powered by Biomass CHP. A planning application will be submitted to the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation midway through next year and that development will begin on site by Spring 2008. This is a pilot scheme and the outcome on this first phase will inform future phases of the development.The LDA has allocated land to accommodate a further 800 homes planned for this development.