Not-so-eco eco-towns?

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Early last year, the British Labour government announced — with much fanfare — that it planned to build five new carbon-neutral eco-towns. A classic win-win scenario, these new settlements would be built on ‘brownfield’ sites and, besides being eco-friendly, would provide affordable housing. Now things may not be as rosy as they first appeared, as it seems greenfield sites are being targeted. Let’s hope there is a sufficient political backlash for the Brown government not to roll over for the developers.