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Eco-Towns: Motor Vehicles

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans her Department and its agencies have to use the New Towns Act 1981 to establish delivery vehicles for eco-towns. (202608)

As we have set out in the consultation document “Eco-towns-Living a greener future”, the New Towns Act 1981 may be an appropriate delivery option in circumstances where:

the task of infrastructure provision and related investment was of a scale where a statutory body would have significant advantages;

there was a major risk of land assembly and the need for special powers was evident; and

the ability of a statutory body to bring forward development more quickly was a significant factor.

We would only use these powers to support delivery of complex and challenging developments, and would expect such vehicles to be used in partnership with the local authorities.