Elmsbrook, the first phase of North West Bicester has been awarded One Planet Living status – a highly coveted benchmark.
Only a handful around the world
Living in North West Bicester is a chance to live in one of the greenest neighbourhoods in the world.
Elmsbrook, the first phase of North West Bicester has been awarded One Planet Living status by Bioregional. This benchmark has only been given to eleven communities around the world, including Petite Rivière in Montreal, Jinshan in China and Mata de Sesimbra in Portugal.
One Planet Living is a framework of ten principles designed by sustainability experts BioRegional to reduce the amount of our planet’s resources which we consume.
Ten principles of One Planet Living
- Zero carbon
- Zero waste
- Sustainable transport
- Sustainable materials
- Local and sustainable food
- Sustainable water
- Land and wildlife
- Culture and heritage
- Equity and local economy
- Health and happiness
One Planet Living
If everyone in the world consumed as many natural resources as the average person in Western Europe, we’d need three planets to support us. The aim of One Planet Living is for people everywhere to enjoy a high quality of life within their fair share of the one earth’s resources.
North West Bicester action plan
The action plan which underlies the North West Bicester Elmsbrook One Planet Community status is organised around these ten principles, and focuses mainly on the period until 2020. It sets out a wide range of goals and targets. While some are aspirational, several represent legally binding conditions attached to the planning consent.
The plan strikes a balance between realism and ambition, but the end result should be a place which radically improves on most new housing development; a community with greener surroundings in which people live happier, healthier, greener lives.
To read more about successful eco-towns and eco-projects around the world visit the bioregional website.
To find out your own impact on the environment looks, take a look at the calculator on the bio regional website.