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Rural Areas: Sustainable Development

Volume 471: debated on Tuesday 29 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if she will meet the Leader and Chief Executive of Lichfield district council and the hon. Member for Lichfield to discuss plans for an eco-village near Fradley; (169170)

(2) what consultations she has had with (a) district and county councils and (b) regional assemblies on the location of the proposed new eco-towns and villages.

We are consulting with local authorities in the relevant areas covered by proposed eco-towns in January 2008 as part of an initial assessment of bids and will also consult the regional assemblies. We expect to publish proposals shortly. There will be considerable opportunity for consultation and engagement involving hon. Members, local authorities and the public before the process is completed.