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Urban Areas: Sustainable Development

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what mechanisms will be put in place to monitor delivery of the exceptional levels of infrastructure and community facility investment announced as part of the eco-towns initiative; and if she will make a statement. (171216)

We indicated in the Ecotowns Prospectus, published alongside the Housing Green Paper that we would expect eco-town proposals to include options for a dedicated delivery body which will plan, oversee and develop (with partners) the major infrastructure needed to establish the town, such as a local trust or local authority partnership or in some instances this could be a body such as a new town development corporation. Further advice on community investment and facilities will be included in the Town and Country Planning Association guide to the practical application of the key sustainability and development criteria for eco-towns which is currently being developed.

Selected eco-town proposals, which we expect to announce in February, will be invited to produce a programme of development to setting out the delivery and funding requirements of their proposal, and this will include local infrastructure and community investment.