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Fifteen proposed eco-towns make Government shortlist

A shortlist of fifteen proposed eco-towns was announced by the Government today as part of its attempt to develop zero-carbon communities.

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:

  • Penbury, Leicestershire

  • Manby and Strubby, Lincolnshire

  • Curborough, Staffordshire

  • Middle Quinton, Warwickshire

  • Bordon-Whitehill, Hampshire

  • Weston Otmoor, Oxfordshire

  • Ford, West Sussex

  • Imerys China Clay Community, Cornwall

  • Rossington, South Yorkshire

  • Coltishall, Norfolk

  • Hanley Grange, Cambridgeshire

  • Marston Vale and New Marston, Bedfordshire

  • Rushcliffe, Nottinghamshire

  • 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.

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