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TV presenters made Eco-towns experts

Housing Minister Caroline Flint (pictured) has selected the panel of experts to provide advice and support to developers of eco-towns, whose proposed locations were announced in last week’s shortlist of fifteen potential sites.

It is envisaged the panel will challenge the developers to meet the highest standards possible for sustainability and design in their final proposals.

The members of the Eco-towns Challenge panel are:

• John Walker (Chair), former chief executive, British Urban Regeneration Association.
• Dr Liz Goodwin, chief executive, Waste and Resource Action Programme.
• Stephen Hale, director, Green Alliance.
• Sir Peter Hall, president, Town and Country Planning Association.
• Wayne Hemingway, founder, Red or Dead.
• Stephen Joseph, executive director, Campaign for Better Transport.
• Nick Mabey - chief executive, E3G.
• Kris Murrin – TV presenter.
• Sunand Prasad, Royal Institute of British Architects President-Elect.
• Liz Reason, director, Reasons to Be Cheerful consultancy.
• Sue Riddlestone, director, BioRegional Development Group.
• Joanna Yarrow, TV presenter.

The 15 shortlisted eco-town locations are:

Pennbury, Leicestershire: 12-15,000 homes on a development incorporating brownfield, greenfield and surplus public sector land.

Manby and Strubby, Lincolnshire: 5,000 homes put forward by East Lindsey District Council on two sites, with large elements of brownfield land including a former RAF base.

Curborough, Staffordshire: 5,000 homes on the brownfield site of the former Fradley airfield, ten miles from Burton.

Middle Quinton, Warwickshire: 6,000 homes on a former Royal Engineers depot which has a rail link to the Worcester-London rail line.

Bordon-Whitehill, Hampshire: 5-8,000 homes on a site owned by the Ministry of Defence.

Weston Otmoor, Oxfordshire: 10-15,000 homes on a site adjoining the M40 and the Oxford-Bicester railway.

Ford, West Sussex: 5,000 homes on a site which includes brownfield land and the former Ford airfield.

Imerys China Clay Community, Cornwall: Development of around 5,000 homes on former china clay workings, industrial land and disused mining pits no longer needed by owner Imerys. Close to St Austell.

Rossington, South Yorkshire: Up to 15,000 homes regenerating the former colliery village of Rossington, three miles south of Doncaster.

Coltishall, Norfolk: 5,000 homes on a former RAF airfield, eight miles north of Norwich.

Hanley Grange, Cambridgeshire: 8,000 homes on land adjacent to the A11 designed to improve the severe lack of housing in and around Cambridge.

Marston Vale and New Marston, Bedfordshire: Up to 15,400 homes on a series of sites, including former industrial sites, along the east-west rail line to Stewartby and Millbrook.

Elsenham, Essex: A minimum of 5,000 homes north east of the existing Elsenham village.

Rushcliffe, Nottinghamshire: An eco-town proposal was submitted for Kingston-on-Soar, to the south of Nottingham.

Leeds City Region, Yorkshire: A number of eco-town proposals were submitted for locations within the area of Leeds City Region partnership of 11 authorities and principally between Leeds and Selby.