To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timetable for the publication of successful eco-town bids. [HL4500]
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with eco-town promoters over the past six months; and what assessment have they made as to the viability of the bidders' proposals. [HL4501]
Proposals put forward by eco-town promoters have been assessed in the sustainability appraisal and habitats regulations assessment and the financial viability study of the eco-towns programme, which were published as part of the eco-towns consultation. This ran from 4 November 2008 to 30 April 2009, and promoters and other parties have responded to this. As part of this the Government have had contact with promoters to update them on the eco-towns programme and to clarify issues related to proposals where necessary.
Responses to the consultation are currently being considered by the Government, and they expect to publish the final eco-towns planning policy statement and list of locations with potential to be an eco-town in the summer.