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Two new eco-town sites announced

Two new areas have been added to the list of proposals for a “second wave” of eco-towns, the Government has said.

Sites at Cranbrook, east of Exeter, and north of Fareham, Hampshire, have been named as the locations of new eco-towns.

Ministers also unveiled an overhaul of planning policies to help ensure green measures such as electric car charging points and renewable energy schemes get the go-ahead in new developments.

Housing and planning minister John Healey said East Devon District Council and Fareham Borough Council were interested in developing new settlements which meet standards set out for eco-towns.

The schemes, for an initial 3,500 homes in Cranbrook, east of Exeter, and at least 7,000 homes north of Fareham, Hampshire, will each receive £200,000 to develop plans for green housing and infrastructure.

They join nine local authorities already developing plans for a second wave of environmentally-friendly new settlements and sharing a £10M pot to help them bring forward their proposals.

A further £10M was announced for councils to train up staff to have the skills and know-how to develop environmentally-friendly housing and energy sources in the areas.

The update of planning regulations for climate change, coastal change and the natural environment will provide a “green planning rulebook” for councils to help them tackle climate change, the Communities and Local Government (CLG) department said.

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