Planning: Eco-towns

House of Lords written question – answered on 4th July 2008.

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Photo of Lord Hanningfield Lord Hanningfield Shadow Minister, Transport

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the estimated total cost of making improvements to highways and railway infrastructure in the Elsenham area if construction of the proposed eco-town goes ahead.

Photo of Lord Bassam of Brighton Lord Bassam of Brighton Government Whip, Government Whip

The planning application for any eco-town location will need to be supported by a comprehensive transport assessment. Until this has been completed, the impacts of an eco-town development on local transport networks and the nature and cost of any measures to mitigate them cannot be determined. Before any decision is taken to include a scheme in the eco-town shortlist, a cross-government assessment of the likely level of costs will be undertaken.

The Department for Transport has issued new guidance on sustainable transport in new developments, particularly eco-towns, which is on the department's website, www.dft.gov.uk/pqr/sustainable.

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