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Planners welcome eco-town consultation

Planning and housing experts have welcomed the news that, as part of its commitment to deliver ten eco-towns, the Government is to fully consult Local Authorities in the New Year about the new settlements.

Ministers have set out that they want to ensure that the new developments, which will be economically, socially and environmentally sustainable will be built with the close co-operation of both communities and councils.

Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) Chief Executive, Gideon Amos said: “Planning for eco-towns and housing growth in general must be founded on local debate and wherever possible leadership from local authorities and local communities. We must win the arguments not buck the system to build eco-towns - the sustainability quality will be crucial to these debates."

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