The potential locations for eco-towns, which will contain no more than 20,000 homes, will now be considered by the Government and a final decision on which schemes will be developed will be made by the end of the year.
In July last year, the Government said that it intended to build up to ten "eco-towns" that will test new ways of designing and building conurbations to be zero-carbon and sustainable.
The 15 contenders to become eco-towns, as revealed by housing and planning minister Caroline Flint today, are:
Manby and Strubby, Lincolnshire
Middle Quinton, Warwickshire
Weston Otmoor, Oxfordshire
Ford, West Sussex
Imerys China Clay Community, Cornwall
Rossington, South Yorkshire
Hanley Grange, Cambridgeshire
Marston Vale and New Marston, Bedfordshire
Leeds City Region, Yorkshire
The Government aims to build five eco-towns by 2015 and 10 by 2020, with construction beginning in 2010.
More details on the proposed towns and the opportunity to comment will be available in the consultation paper Eco-towns - living a greener future, which be published by the Department for Communities and Local Government at an as yet unspecified date sometime in the near future.