I was interested to read the article “Brown’s eco new town will fail green test” (18 May, page 9). It is critical that initiatives such as these have the industry’s support.

Brown’s eco towns will benefit companies and agencies working on sustainable alternatives to the construction process. By stimulating research and increasing the market, costs will be reduced and the business case for a green approach strengthened. An important point in the article was the rejection of a 16-turbine wind farm owing to local objections. This demonstrates that communication from the outset of eco-friendly development is crucial.

Too often we accuse the government of sustainable rhetoric without action and it is important in this case that we applaud and do what we can to support Brown’s concept.

Robbie Bilton, John Rowan & Partners