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Conservatives rubbish eco-towns plans

The Conservatives have attacked the government’s plans for a second wave of eco-towns, which they say have been announced to ‘save face’

Commenting on the proposals, shadow housing minister Grant Shapps said: ‘Ministers have already conceded that eco-towns will create homes which are less green than ordinary houses built at the same time.

‘This latest desperate announcement is the government simply trying to save face by throwing in existing planned developments and calling them eco-towns.’

The proposals for the second wave of nine eco-towns, which will be backed by £10 million from the government, includes Shoreham Harbour in West Sussex and a site in Northstow, Cambridge.

But rather than towns, they will be developments of 5,000 homes with at least 30 per cent affordable housing.

In July, housing minister John Healey announced four locations from the original shortlist of 15 sites.

The government’s aim is to build 10 eco-towns by 2020.

The full list of the nine new towns is: Monkton Heathfield and Corneytrowe in Taunton, Yeovil, the Lincoln area and Gainsborough, Coventry, and the Leeds City Region – which covers four sites at Aire Valley, York North West, North Kirklees and Bradford Shipley canal corridor.

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