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Eco-towns: Staffordshire

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will make a decision on whether to allow the commencement of construction of the proposed new eco-town at Curborough. (210377)

We are currently consulting on the shortlisted locations in “Eco-towns—Living a greener future” and this includes Curborough. In addition we expect to publish in July—for further consultation—a draft sustainability appraisal on the locations and a draft planning policy statement which will set out more detail for each location.

Later in the year, and only after this second consultation will we decide which sites have potential to be an eco-town and which schemes we will support as they go forward into the local planning process, where they will undergo further testing and consultation.