[Mr. Eric Martlew in the Chair] — Eco-towns

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:30 am on 3rd June 2008.

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Photo of David Taylor David Taylor Labour, North West Leicestershire 9:30 am, 3rd June 2008

I congratulate the hon. Lady on securing the debate. Does she not agree that there is a housing crisis and that the Government are right to set an ambitious target for the building of about 3 million new homes by 2020? Should not at least a proportion of those be in rural areas, even if they are in brownfield settings? Otherwise, people will be penned-up in urban areas and we shall have more ugly, unpleasant urban sprawls, such as Greater Nottingham, which intrudes into the north of North-West Leicestershire. Is there not the potential for eco-towns to contribute to solving our housing crisis?