English Partnerships has drawn up a shortlist of five housebuilders to bid for the site for Britain’s first carbon-neutral village. The Times

The government want 150 super-energy-efficient houses at the former state-owned site on the outskirts of Bristol six years ahead of its deadline for ensuring that all new housing is carbon-neutral.

Barratt Developments and Taylor Wimpey, Britain’s two largest builders, are vying for the contract, along with quoted rival MJ Gleeson; Edward Ware, a private firm; and Places For People, a housing association.