ENGAGING WITH LOCAL AUTHORITIES TO ADD VALUE TO THEIR REGIONS

ECT engages with communities and local authorities. The objective is to come up with land-use development projects that are both useful and collaborative. This value-added for a region has three key stages:

Stage 1: Identify the local issues for the sites to be developed

ECT's development division discusses these with communes in the Île-de-France region. Together, they identify the local issues for the sites to be (re)developed. These might be:

  • Restoring value to a site which is not living up to its potential, such as brownfield sites, derelict land and degraded farmland.
  • Health, safety or improvement. For example, in the case of dangerous mines and quarries, noise nuisance, occupied sites, places where certain leisure or sporting facilities are lacking, and necessary protection of biodiversity.
  • Protecting an environment, a landscape or a threatened asset. A weft of terrestrial and aquatic ecological networks and biodiversity.

Stage 2: Restore value to these sites, and agree on how to add value

How? By re-using inert soil excavated from construction sites in the Île-de-France.

These land-use development sites become zones for the direct re-use of soil according to the principles of 'circular economy'. (Circular economics involves maximum recycling with the minimum addition of raw materials, water and energy, as opposed to the extraction-manufacture-consumption-disposal model of linear economics.)

The implementation of ECT development solutions makes it possible to meet the needs of towns and their residents.

For example:

  • Bringing nature back to brownfield sites, planting woodland
  • Creating parks open to the public
  • Increasing the number of leisure and outdoor sports zones
  • Creating zones for the protection of biodiversity
  • Providing soil for farmland
  • Landscaping bunds for noise protection
  • Making mines and quarries safe
  • Creating urban farms
  • Shaping golf courses

Installing solar energy parks.

Usually, these land-use development projects fulfill several objectives, thus responding to the diverse aspirations of local people and the community's need for green spaces and non-built infrastructure.

Stage 3: Sustainable and collaborative development projects

ECT puts about 13 million tons of inert spoil to work in this way every year. All our land-use developments are carried out under prefectural decrees or development licences issued by departments of the state.

Giving a second life to soil excavated from the sites of the construction & public works sector allows ECT to engage with communities and local authorities, and to work with them to develop self-financing projects that add value to the local region.

The involvement of all stakeholders is a key factor in the success of the developments. That's why ECT organises consultations to let local bodies define the exact scope and functions of the project.

 

Re-wooded bunds created at Moussy-le-Neuf (77) and Vémars (95)

Re-wooded bunds created at Moussy-le-Neuf (77) and Vémars (95)

The 3 stages of a land-use development that is jointly agreed with the local authorities:

The 3 stages of a land-use development that is jointly agreed with the local authorities:

What does it cost the local authority?

Bringing in soil pays for the costs of development. These are sustainable developments that promote the conservation of biodiversity.

This makes it possible to develop sites that are ecologically damaged, derelict or dangerous. These projects are not an expense for the local authority, but an opportunity.

Landscaped embankment for acoustic and visual protection created by ECT along the 'Francilienne' outer Paris ring road at Combs-la-Ville (77)

Landscaped embankment for acoustic and visual protection created by ECT along the 'Francilienne' outer Paris ring road at Combs-la-Ville (77)

ECT financement des projets pour la Collectivité locale

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