A panel of a dozen experts who will oversee the creation of Britain’s new 'eco-towns' will be announced today. Financial Times

Up to 100,000 homes will be built to environmentally friendly standards on the sites, which will be the first new towns built in the UK for decades.

The panel will play a role in whittling a shortlist of 15 sites down to 10 eco-towns and will be expected to challenge the developers to meet high standards.