5 Nov

Minister states backing for eco-towns

Minister states backing for eco-towns

Housing minister Margaret Beckett has voiced her support for eco-towns as she launched the next phase of the consultation process into the proposed new settlements.

Ms Beckett, who replaced Caroline Flint in the role in September, emphasised that she shared her predecessor's enthusiasm for such towns by linking them with the government's wider green objectives.

She stated: "Developing a greener approach to our housing need is crucial and eco-towns are a vital part of this programme."

The minister stated that issues such as getting the location of eco-towns right were vital and acknowledged that some projects may be rejected because they do not meet the strict criteria.

Responding to the announcement, Town and Country Planning Association chief executive Gideon Amos said the principles behind eco-towns should be applied to existing towns and cities.

By doing this, new developments in such localities could become "eco-burbs and urban eco-quarters," he stated.
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