In 2005 Garges-lès-Gonesse decided to embark on the creation of an eco-friendly neighbourhood under the framework of an Urban Renewal Agreement signed with the National Agency for Urban Renewal. Garges-lès-Gonesse received the “Urban Renewal and Sustainable Urban Planning” prize for this project in 2009. In the same year, it also won the “Eco-friendly Neighbourhood National Contest” under the category “Density and Urban Pattern”, with special mention for “Urban Renewal Project” from the French Ministry for Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Sea. The neighbourhood comprises 4 000 residents in 1291 dwellings of which 94% are in apartment blocks and 80 individual homes. 90% of dwellings in these neighbourhoods are part of the social housing.