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.