1 Aug

Eco-towns 'making progress'

Eco-towns 'making progress'

An independent panel has found that eco-towns are making clear progress.

The Eco-Town Challenge Panel, which is made up of experts in sustainability and urban development, was set up by housing minister Caroline Flint.

Its report stated that many of the bidders have responded positively to its first set of recommendations, but called for a number of further improvements to transport and employment strategies for some of the proposed eco-towns.

Commenting on the study, Ms Flint said: "There are no done deals and only the best quality schemes with very high sustainability standards will qualify for eco-town status."

Chairman of the Eco-Town Challenge Panel John Walker added that it is now up to the proposers to take their advice and decide how to use it.

Last month, the government sought to answer criticism of eco-towns by putting forward new proposals to ensure that they will adhere to high green standards.

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