To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of proposals that the first eco-towns should go ahead in those sites which are urban extensions; how she expects eco-towns to provide sustainable community development models for future urban communities; and if she will make a statement.
We want eco-towns to be exemplars in tackling the challenges of housing growth and climate change, and they will make an important contribution to the development of new technologies and practices, as well as promoting excellent new design. As such they will help inform the development of towns, cities, suburbs and urban extensions. More details about the standards that eco-towns must meet will be set out in the draft eco-towns Planning Policy Statement, which we will be publishing shortly for consultation.
Some of the schemes we are considering are close to urban areas, but an eco-town needs to have the critical mass to develop its own identity, standards and scope for innovation.