To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people have (a) written to her Department and (b) used her Department's online consultation to express their views about eco-towns; and how many representations by each method have been (i) favourable and (ii) not favourable to the Government's proposals.
As part of the first stage of consultation on "Eco-towns—living a greener future", we received over 12,000 responses, providing a wide range of views on the principles of eco-towns and the shortlisted locations. A summary report of the responses received, is available on my Department's website.
The online consultation is part of our second stage consultation, covering the draft eco-towns planning policy statement and sustainability appraisal. This began in November 2008 and runs to March 2009. A summary report of the responses and comments received will be published following the end of consultation in the usual way.