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Green light given on eco-town sites in Britain

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Greener living in Britain's first eco-towns will become a reality for up to 30,000 people in five years' time, as Housing Minister John Healey announced the four sites that have passed the government's tough standards to go through to the next planning phase, full public consultation and local planning approval. Alongside the plans for eco-towns, Mr Healey announced tougher new energy standards for all new homes from 2016 to be zero carbon and launched a review to combine the government's climate change and renewable energy planning policy statements.