ODPM's community plans 'unsustainable' says CIWEM
Leading environmental professionals' body CIWEM is calling on the government to rethink plans for housing expansion in the South-East, saying the ODPM's flagship Sustainable Communities initiative is unsustainable.CIWEM's criticism focuses particularly on the scarce water resources in the South-East and the pressure that new housing development will bring, but also calls for an environmental audit from the predicted growth, taking climate change into account.
"Nearly every new building that goes up places further stress on scarce, undervalued water resources, since the vast majority do not include water efficiency measures," said Nick Reeves, CIWEM's Executive Director.
"Plans for thousands of houses are already moving into the building phase, but the government has yet even to publish its much-vaunted Sustainable Buildings Code, let alone make water efficiency measures mandatory."
Specifically, CIWEM is calling for:
The calls are being made ahead of CIWEM's national conference - "Sustainable Communities: Form, Function and the Environment - which will look in more detail at the issues involved.