Caroline Flint MPEco-town programme disintegrates amid angry recrimination. 5 out of 15 now gone.

Leeds City Region councils have determined that there is no suitable site for an eco-town in Yorkshire. The Housing Minister, Caroline Flint is reported as furious that they have broken a promise but councillors are standing resolute saying they only agreed to a survey. "We looked at 14 sites in detail and the study rejected all of them. The Government's eco-town scheme is flawed, a fraud and is dead as far as we're concerned"

The Wellcome Trust have decided that their land will not be used for the Hanley Grange eco-town near Cambridge. This has killed the "Tesco town" stone dead and opponents are jubilant.

Builders Persimmon have withdrawn from the Rossington eco-town in Housing Minister Caroline Flint's constituency after green belt land they had optioned was withdrawn from the scheme. Persimmon have shed 1,100 jobs so far this year.

The proposal for Curborough eco-town near Lichfield has been withdrawn after heavy criticism from the Eco-towns challenge panel that included Wayne Hemingway, designer of the homes at Parkridge's Dartford sustainable community. Grant Shapps, shadow Housing Minister, said: “Gordon Brown’s approach to housing is now so discredited that developers are opting to pull themselves out of the government-backed scheme and go it alone with their planning applications.

Manby eco-town in Lincolnshire was withdrawn after East Lindsey District Council the proposer caved to local opposition.

Gallagher Estates, developer of Marston Vale eco-town, Beds has withdrawn citing "no overarching vision" from government for the area. Nadine Dorries, MP for Mid Bedfordshire, said "Over time I believe investors will walk away from this scheme, and the eco-towns will die a death" and "the economic situation is getting worse, and there is no guarantee that there will still be a Labour Government in a few years' time."

Meanwhile the Crown Estate, to whom local democracy appears to be of little concern, have submitted an 11th hour bid for an eco-town that will engulf the town of Bingham, Notts. This bid was submitted a week before the consultation closed and local opinion is outraged.

Communities Secretary Hazel Blears has green-lighted an eco-burb in Ashford, Kent. 1,000 new homes will be developed by ZEDHomes.

 

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