If this link doesn't quite work, do a search on eco towns on the FT site.
What they are saying is that the Government has hidden an announcement that the Eco Town shortlist will now be released until next year in another announcement.
'A shortlist of applicants due to be published in October will not come out until next year, it has emerged. In addition, there is evidence that ministers may be starting to row back from their target of 10 towns....Caroline Flint, housing minister, has recently begun to talk about "up to 10 eco-towns" '
No guarantees that this will hold, but it is interesting to see the weight of this kind of reporting that is now coming out.