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The Department is currently compiling its waste data for 2007-08, and does not hold data prior to 2002-03.

It should be noted that the Department sends its general waste to an incineration plant which generates energy from waste, rather than disposing in landfill.

Eco-Towns

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library copies of the letters of support for the shortlisted eco-town locations from (a) the Highways Agency, (b) the Environment Agency and (c) Natural England. [202079]

Caroline Flint: The initial identification of issues reflecting comments by these Agencies is summarised for each location in the recently published consultation document—“Eco-towns—Living a greener future”. This summarises the issues facing each shortlisted location and assesses both the benefits of the schemes and the challenges, as communicated to Communities and Local Government by all those agencies with an interest, including those related to transport and the environment. Copies of the consultation document are available in the House Library. Assessment of the issues and challenges for each location by the Agencies and other partners is continuing and will be set out in more detail in a draft Sustainability Appraisal on the locations and a draft policy statement, which we expect to publish for further consultation in July.

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what meetings Ministers in her Department have had with each of the 15 short-listed eco-town bidders. [202587]

Caroline Flint: Neither the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government nor Ministers in her Department have held meetings with representatives of bidders from the shortlisted eco-town bidders. Ministerial meetings will be held with them all in due course.

Eco-Towns Challenge Panel

Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the role and purpose of the Eco-Towns Challenge Panel is; whether it will provide advice on which eco-towns proposed should be submitted for planning approval; and if she will make a statement; [205009]


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(2) how the members of the Eco-Towns Challenge panel were selected; what the basis was of the establishment of the panel; how much it is estimated to cost each year; and what remuneration is paid to its members. [205112]

Caroline Flint: The Eco-Towns Challenge was set up specifically to be a short-term independent panel that would work with bidders to improve their schemes during the first stage of the process for taking eco-towns forward (as set out in ‘Eco-towns—Living a greener future’).

Members of the panel were selected for their expertise in matters of environment, sustainability, transport and design. Each member will be paid the Government rate of £350 per day when they are working for the panel. At present three panel meetings have been scheduled in May and June, but we anticipate a further round of meetings.

Eco-towns Challenge Panel: Political Impartiality

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether members of the Eco-towns Challenge Panel have made declarations of recent political activity. [202563]

Caroline Flint: The Eco-towns Challenge was set up to be a short term independent panel that would work with bidders to improve their plans, and declarations of political activities are not required for expert panels of this type. Members of the panel were selected for their expertise in matters of environment, sustainability, transport and design.

Eco-Towns: Motor Vehicles

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans her Department and its agencies have to use the New Towns Act 1981 to establish delivery vehicles for eco-towns. [202608]

Caroline Flint: As we have set out in the consultation document “Eco-towns-Living a greener future”, the New Towns Act 1981 may be an appropriate delivery option in circumstances where:

We would only use these powers to support delivery of complex and challenging developments, and would expect such vehicles to be used in partnership with the local authorities.

Eco-Towns: Planning Permission

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the location is of each Eco-Town bid made to her Department which has not been short-listed. [202588]


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Caroline Flint: A list of the bids which were not on the shortlist published on 3 April is set out in the consultation document “Eco-towns—Living a greener
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future”. Based on the information received in relation to these bids, the areas in which they are located are set out as follows:

Region Scheme name Borough/district/city

East Midlands(1)

Kingston

Rushcliffe

East Midlands

Grovewood

Burton and South Derbyshire

East Midlands

Burtoft

Boston

East

Land North of Harlow

Harlow

East

Easton Park

Uttlesford

East

The Cambridge Light Railway and Cambridge Heath, a sustainable country town

Cambridge

East

North Weald

Epping Forest

East

Boxted Wood Eco Town

Braintree/Uttlesford

East

Alconbury Airfield

Huntingdonshire

East

Marks Tey

Colchester/ Braintree

East

Peterborough EcoTown

Peterborough

East

Thorpe Wood

Broadlands

East

Tilbury

Thurrock

East

Mereham New Community

East Cambridgeshire

East

Sculthorpe Airfield

South Cambridgeshire

East

Waterbeach (Denny St. Francis)

Cambridgeshire

East

Thurleigh North

Bedford/ Mid-Bedford

East

Thamesgate

Thurrock

North East

Causey Park

Gateshead

North East

Stockton Eco Town

Stockton-on-Tees

North East

Cambois

North Tyneside

North West

Wardle

Crewe and Nantwich

North West

Eco-Town Carrington

Trafford

North West

Derwent Forest

Allerdale

South East

Airtrack Rail

Bracknell Forest/Wokingham

South East

Redhill Aerodrome

Tandridge District, Reigate and Banstead

South East

Dunsfold Park

Waverley

South East

Sittingbourne

Swale

South East

Greenway

Aylesbury Vale

South East

Micheldever Station Market Town (MSMT)

Winchester

South East

Shipton Eco-town

Cherwell

South East

The Surrey/London borders EcoTown

Reigate and Banstead

South East

Westcott

Aylesbury Vale

West Midlands

The Throckmorton Airfield Sustainable Community

Wychavon

Yorkshire and Humberside(1)

Clifton Gate

York

Yorkshire and Humberside(1)

The Stainforth and Hatfield Eco Town Initiative

Doncaster

Yorkshire and Humberside(1)

Thorp Arch

Leeds

Yorkshire and Humberside(1)

Willow Green

Selby

Yorkshire and Humberside

Micklefield

Leeds

Yorkshire and Humberside(1)

The Greens

Leeds

Yorkshire and Humberside(1)

Darringfield

Wakefield

(1 )A further review of locations is taking place in Rushcliffe and in Leeds city region as set out in the consultation document.

Eco-Towns: Public Participation

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Stage 2 and Stage 3 consultation procedures for eco-towns, what opportunities there will be for members of the public to participate in the consultation process; and what level of detail relating to each proposal will be available at each stage. [201841]

Caroline Flint: There will be considerable opportunity for public consultation at Stage 2 of the eco-towns consultation procedures, as there is currently during Stage 1. Over the next three months we are consulting on preliminary views on eco-town benefits and the
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shortlisted locations, as set out in the consultation document “Eco-towns—Living a greener future”. Bidders are publicising further details of schemes and holding consultation events, with input from local authorities. The arrangements will vary according to the location and the status of the schemes being developed. My Department will also be commissioning exhibition and consultation events about the eco-towns concept and the proposals in the consultation paper.

At Stage 2 we will publish—for further consultation—a draft Eco-towns Policy Statement and a draft Sustainability Appraisal which will set out more detail for each location.

Stage 3 of the process, as set out in “Eco-towns—Living a greener future”, will be the stage at which we publish the final list of locations with potential to be an eco-town and the final Eco-towns Policy Statement. After this it will be for individual schemes on the final shortlist to come forward with planning applications.

Energy Performance Certificates

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many energy performance certificates (EPCs) have been recorded on the EPC register; and how many home condition reports (HCRs) have been recorded on the HCR register. [202585]

Caroline Flint: As of 29 April 2008 there are 645,045 Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and 1,776 Home Condition Reports (HCRs) stored in the Domestic EPC and HCR Registers for Dwellings.

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) data fields and (b) property attributes are held on the (i) Energy Performance Certificate and (ii) Home Condition Report register. [202642]

Caroline Flint: The data fields and property attributes that are held on the (Domestic) Energy Performance Certificate and Home Condition Report Registers for dwellings, are defined in the document entitled, “Technical Standards Enumerated Values”. This document forms part of the Certification and Accreditation Scheme Technical Standards and can be found on the Communities and Local Government website:


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