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Urban Areas: Sustainable Development

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 17 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what plans she has for special planning procedures to be used in determining planning applications for eco-town developments; (171214)

(2) whether the eco-town schemes will be determined by (a) new towns legislation and (b) mini reviews of regional spatial strategies; and what mechanisms will be used to judge the relative merits of competing proposals.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him on 16 January 2008, Official Report, column 1262W, and the answer given to the hon. Member for Mid-Worcestershire (Peter Luff) on 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 918W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether it is Government policy that any proposed eco-towns should be treated as counting towards Government house building targets. (179754)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Mid-Worcestershire (Peter Luff) on 3 December 2007, Official Report, column 882W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what local consultation processes she plans on the location of eco-town developments; (179832)

(2) what role local authorities will have on the process to select eco-town sites.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Mid-Worcestershire (Peter Luff) on 14 January 2008, Official Report, columns 919-20W.