West London Gets A New Green Suburb

Once upon a time, it was a former National Air Traffic Services site in West Drayton, London. Now, if Inland Developments succeeds in making its vision for Drayton Garden Village a reality, it will be a leafy suburb with tree-lined avenues, home to 773 eco-friendly homes.

The development’s light carbon footprint will be accomplished, largely, through a partnership with E.on, the company supplying Inland with combined heat and power (CHP) units and gas boilers for the project. Housed in a central energy center, these units will supply both heat and hot water to the properties instead of standard gas boilers used in traditional developments.

Drayton Garden Village

image via Inland Developments

Another green feature is the layout of the development itself, which will emphasize walking and cycling with pedestrian links to the town center and large open spaces themed over the four seasons.

Inland Developments takes pains to point out that this development was developed specifcally in response to the wishes of those already living in the Borough of Hillingdon, and will be supplying much-desired local amenities such as a new medical facility and an 80-bedroom care home. The period for public comment on the proposed development “scheme” is now open.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.