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Eco-Towns

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library copies of the letters of support for the shortlisted eco-town locations from (a) the Highways Agency, (b) the Environment Agency and (c) Natural England. (202079)

The initial identification of issues reflecting comments by these Agencies is summarised for each location in the recently published consultation document—“Eco-towns—Living a greener future”. This summarises the issues facing each shortlisted location and assesses both the benefits of the schemes and the challenges, as communicated to Communities and Local Government by all those agencies with an interest, including those related to transport and the environment. Copies of the consultation document are available in the House Library. Assessment of the issues and challenges for each location by the Agencies and other partners is continuing and will be set out in more detail in a draft Sustainability Appraisal on the locations and a draft policy statement, which we expect to publish for further consultation in July.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what meetings Ministers in her Department have had with each of the 15 short-listed eco-town bidders. (202587)

Neither the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government nor Ministers in her Department have held meetings with representatives of bidders from the shortlisted eco-town bidders. Ministerial meetings will be held with them all in due course.