The UK Government hopes to increase the standard of the nation's eco-towns with a new architectural design challenge calling for designs that will eventually help the Government reach 'zero carbon' milestones.
To further promote the idea, the government called upon developers and councils to also submit ideas for five new eco-towns, comprising of 5,000 to 20,000 homes.
UK Housing Minister Yvette Cooper announced the initiative alongside the announcement of a government pledge of £8bn for affordable social housing from London to Leeds.
"We need to build more homes across England," Cooper says.
"We need more homes - but we need better designed, more sustainable homes," she added.
The design competition also ties in with a Green Paper which commits the government to building better designed and more sustainable homes in response to issues of climate change.
By Penny Jones