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Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the costs incurred by local authorities which have a proposed eco-town site in their area arising from the eco-town initiative to date. (255668)

We are working closely with local authorities and have encouraged promoters of eco-towns to engage locally with authorities and key stakeholders. It is not possible for this Department to estimate the total costs incurred by individual local authorities with an eco-town proposal in their area, some of which is planning and assessment work which would be needed in any event. As part of the assessment process we have agreed to contribute to local authority costs in supporting this process, and so far £820,000 has been allocated to provide support to local authorities and agencies to undertake work in support of the eco-towns assessment process, including funding for impact reports.