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Expert Panel Set Up to Advise on New Eco-Towns

Magazine article Public Finance

Expert Panel Set Up to Advise on New Eco-Towns

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A panel of experts has been appointed to advise developers and local authorities on the best way of building eco-towns.

The panel's members were announced by housing minister Caroline Flint on April 9 - just six days after the Department for Communities and Local Government published a short list of 15 potential sites across England.

Chaired by John Walker, former chief executive of the British Urban Regeneration Association, the 12-strong panel includes a range of experts in design, transport and the environment, including two TV presenters.

It will oversee what the DCLG describes as an eco-town challenge', in which bidders will be required to meet the highest standards while coming up with innovative ways of reducing energy use and promoting green living.

The panel includes Liz Goodman, chief executive of the Waste and Resource Action Group; Sir Peter Hall, president of the Town and Country Planning Association; and Sunand Prasad, president-elect of the Royal Association of British Architects. …

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