To ask Her Majesty's Government following the extension of the consultation period, when they will announce which eco-towns they intend to proceed with. [HL1975]
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether planning consent for eco-towns will be the responsibility of local planning authorities following standard procedures. [HL1976]
The Government expect to announce those locations with potential to be eco-towns later this year following consideration of responses to the consultation and the assessment work that has been undertaken. Individual schemes will then need to submit planning applications, which will be for local authorities to determine on the merits of worked-up proposals. The Government remain committed to the plan-led process and eco-towns should be considered in the same way as any other major development proposal.