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Regional Planning and Development: Eco-Towns

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the homes provided in eco-town developments are to be included in the local authority's allocation under the regional spatial strategies. (202651)

As set out in the consultation document “Eco-towns—Living a greener future” we expect eco-towns to contribute significantly to help to meet those revised targets for additional housing and we want to assure local authorities, which include an eco-town in their future housing plans that it will, of course, count towards those future housing targets, which in most places are likely to be more stretching. The Housing Green Paper made clear that the housing numbers in existing and in some cases emerging plans were not high enough to address the pressing problem of long-term housing need and affordability. We are therefore aiming to complete a further set of Regional Spatial Strategy partial reviews by 2011 that will include revised housing numbers for local planning authorities that are consistent with our national aim to deliver 240,000 homes per year by 2016.