30 Jun 2009 01:06:08
Eco village project approved for North Ireland
Plans to construct a £100 million eco-village on the site of a derelict cement works and quarry in Northern Ireland have been approved.
The mixed-use harbour development, which will be situated at the Magheramorne Quarry near Larne, is to include some 450 environmentally-friendly homes.
As well as this, it will also feature restaurants, shops, a community centre, a hotel, tourist and boating facilities, a heritage railway centre, film studios and a backlot, all of which will be built to strict eco standards.
Environment minister Sammy Wilson approved the project, explaining that it would help to rejuvenate an area that has become a "major eyesore" in one of Ireland's most scenic regions.
"This is an imaginative and unique opportunity for Northern Ireland that will reuse what has become a redundant quarry and replace it with a major tourist attraction," he said.
It is intended that Magheramorne will become the first One Planet Living (OPL) community in the country.
Developed by BioRegional and WWF, the OPL initiative is based on ten principles including zero carbon, zero waste, transport and construction sustainability, local food, sustainable water, natural habitats and fair trade.http://www.oneplanetliving.org/index.html