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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

8 eco-neighbourhoods for Paris Region

On 3 March the French government signed a framework agreement with a number of local authorities running 'écoquartier' (eco-neighbourhood) projects. The projects have been set up in one of the six Territories of Regional and National Interest (TIRNs) identified in Paris Region, and follow on from the Grenelle Environment Forum.

They are concerned with urban expansion or regeneration of existing obsolete districts. Since they will obviously be held up as sustainable development models, these districts must provide a mix of urban amenities including housing, employment, education and culture, either on site or close by and be accessible by public transport. They must also help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect biodiversity, promote alternative and intermodal forms of transport, improve quality of life and building standards, develop the natural resources and energy economy, as well as prevent and control nuisance and risks.

The projects are located in:
- Bussy-Saint-Georges (Seine-et-Marne), 120 hectares (296.5 acres) with 3,000 homes
- Meaux (Seine-et-Marne), 80-hectare (198 acres) "Foch-Roosevelt" eco-neighbourhood
- Montévrain (Seine-et-Marne), with 3,300 homes
- Mantes-la-Jolie and Rosny-sur-Seine (Yvelines), a riverside eco-neighbourhood of 2,000 homes
- Triel-sur-Seine, Chanteloup-les-Vignes, Andrésy and Carrières-sous-Poissy (Yvelines), for the "Boucle de Chanteloup" project with 3,000 homes
- Île-Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis), a 22-hectare (54 acres) riverside eco-neighbourhood with 1,000 homes
- Saint-Ouen (Seine-Saint-Denis), with the 100-hectare (247 acres) Docks eco-neighbourhood with 4,000 homes
- Louvres and Puiseux-en-France (Val d'Oise), with an eco-neighbourhood of 3,500 homes.

Further new eco-neighbourhoods will emerge in time, in response particularly to the Nouveaux Quartiers Urbains call for proposals issued by the Ile-de-France Regional Council.

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