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Urban Areas: Sustainable Development

Volume 471: debated on Thursday 31 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers local planning authorities will have over the selection and approval of eco-town development sites. (169412)

[holding answer 29 November 2007]: Where a planning application for an eco-town is submitted, it will be determined in the normal way under the Planning Acts. Section 38(6) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 requires that the application is determined in accordance with the development plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise. As set out in the eco-towns prospectus, there may be circumstances where use of the New Towns Act powers might be used.

In addition, before taking a final decision on the selection of an eco-town scheme for Government support, we will consult local authorities for the relevant area covered by the scheme.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes must be provided for in each eco-town bid. (179835)

[holding answer 17 January 2008]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Welwyn, Hatfield (Grant Shapps) on 21 January 2008, Official Report, column 1537W.