Eco-Towns: Expenditure

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 15th September 2008.

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Photo of Edward Garnier Edward Garnier Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department spent on the eco-town policy and its implementation in each of the last three years for which figures are available; how much it has spent on the policy and its implementation in relation to the Pennbury site in each such year; and what its planned expenditure on the eco-towns policy is (a) in relation to the Pennbury site and (b) in total in each financial year to 2012-13.

Photo of John Healey John Healey Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Local Government)

The eco-towns policy was announced in February 2007 and it has been developed alongside our housing policies. The costs for developing the policy form part of the Department's running costs and are set out in the departmental annual report, "Community, opportunity, prosperity". Future allocations to support infrastructure and local authority expenditure in relation to any of the sites will be drawn from the growth funding made available in CSR07.

The Pennbury site was announced as a shortlisted location on 3 April 2008. Since then and to date we have spent or committed approximately £153,000 on publicity and local authority assessment work, in addition to our assessments of financial viability and sustainability for all the sites. We are currently consulting on Pennbury and all the shortlisted eco-town locations.

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