Proposed green development in Britain

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The town of Silfiac (Morbihan) in June lay the first stone of its green development, originality adopted by several Breton towns, to seduce and satisfy newcomers looking to develop a new project of life.

"The public lighting will be intelligent and will be activated by a presence detector, the lamps will be energy-saving and produce an ambient light," explains Serge Moëlo, the mayor of the commune. "The road will be semi-porous to allow the absorption of 40% of runoff and 7.000 liters tanks will be buried in each plot to ensure the recovery of rainwater, they will be used to power the flushing , chosen at two speeds for the economy ". The mayor even wished to push the experiment further by letting the mowing of the grass bordering the future subdivision to "sheep of Ouessant". Several Breton municipalities located mainly in the Assin rennais region and which were losing momentum have embarked on similar operations under the impetus of Ademe (Agency for the Development and Control of Energy).

The town located near Rennes plans to build 22 single-family homes and 10 rental units on the ecological model. To avoid the trap of the "dormitory city", these projects have integrated common living spaces such as vegetable gardens and shared barbecue areas, but also road configurations favoring dead ends to avoid traffic flows of vehicles. The dozens of Breton municipalities who have invested in the "ecological housing estates" also want these dwellings to be offered at affordable prices, such as in Langouet (Ille-et-Vilaine) which offers its first-time buyers zero interest loans. The town hall of Silfiac declares to sell these houses with land for 100.000 euros, prices that remain affordable thanks to the financing of part of the operation by grants from local authorities and Ademe.

La Gazette des Communes - 22 / 04 / 2005


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