The site proposed to be developed is on Grade 2 agricultural land, owned in part by a development company, Jarrow Investments, which works closely with supermarket giant Tesco.
Local opposition through the Stop Hanley Grange Group of Parish Councils, is focused on lack of infrastructure, overbuilding already in Cambridgeshire, and the proposal that the development of the eco town concept on such a scale is best dealt with through an alternative scheme at Northstowe, north of Cambridge.
On Wednesday 16 July 2008, a significant landowner, the Wellcome Trust announced it was not proceeding with the Hanley Grange eco-town proposal. On 24 July 2008, Tesco, through their agent Jarrow Investments, said they intend to continue with an application for an eco-town on 264 hectares under their control. Revised plans provide for 6,500 houses.
- Resource Removed - Hanley Grange official website
- Resource Removed - Stop Hanley Grange Action Group
- Communities and Local Government Eco town credentials