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Government Urged to Persist with Eco-Towns

Magazine article Public Finance

Government Urged to Persist with Eco-Towns

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Government plans to build up to ten eco-towns by ZOZO should not be abandoned In the face of strong protests by residents, a coalition of housing and other groups is demanding.

The joint statement by Zl groups, ranging from Shelter to the Trades Union Congress, said the towns were vital to providing more social rented and low-cost housing over the next decade, as well as to meet new standards for energy efficiency.

Since an initial short list was published In April, developers behind four potential ecotown sites have pulled out, leaving ministers with just IZ to choose from. Many other locations face high-profile opposition.

But Gideon Amos, chief executive of the Town and Country Planning Association, said the coalition of housing professionals, environmentalists and bodies that promote social justice was firmly behind eco-towns and reflected the majority view in the country. …

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