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Planning: Eco-towns

Volume 702: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What mechanisms are being used to consult members of the public about the establishment of eco-towns. [HL4171]

The Government have identified the areas with potential to become eco-towns in the consultation document, Eco-towns—living a greener future, and copies of the document are available in the House Library and on the department's website. These locations are now going forward for further assessment and consultation.

Bidders are publicising further details of schemes and holding consultation events, as are local authorities. The arrangements vary according to the location and the status of the schemes being developed. The Government are also commissioning exhibition and consultation events about the eco-towns concept, the purpose of eco-towns, and a national programme going forward, including information about potential locations. In addition, the Government expect to publish in July—for further consultation—a draft sustainability appraisal on the locations and a draft policy statement which will set out more detail for each location.

Only after this second consultation will the Government decide which sites have potential and which schemes they will support as they go forward into the local planning process, where they will undergo further testing and consultation.