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Council bid to curb new homes targets.

ONE of the most important Midland planning inquiries for years gets under way tomorrow as council leaders try to overturn plans for up to 445,000 new homes to be built across the region by 2026.

A public hearing into the Regional Spatial Strategy is being held at Molineux football stadium in Wolverhampton and is expected to last for two months.

All of the region's 38 councils have joined together to oppose an attempt by the Governnment Office for the West Midlands West Midlands, former metropolitan county, central England. Created in the 1974 local government reorganization, the county embraced the Birmingham conurbation and comprised seven metropolitan districts: Walsall, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell, Birmingham, Solihull,  to win approval for the biggest increase in house building for decades. The 445,000 target is 80,000 more than the maximum number of new homes the councils believe can reasonably be delivered without building on green belt or greenfield land For other uses, see Greenfield (disambiguation).

Greenfield land is a term used to describe a piece of undeveloped land, either currently used for agriculture or just left to nature.
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The councils, represented by the West Midlands Regional Assembly The West Midlands Regional Assembly (WMRA) is the regional assembly for the West Midlands region of England, established in 1999. It is based in Birmingham. Organisation
The assembly is not an elected body but is made up of 100 members, of which:
, said their preferred figure of 365,000 homes already represented a 50 per cent increase on housing targets in an existing strategy.

Builders, engineers, environmental groups and business organisations will give evidence at the hearing..
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Date:Apr 27, 2009
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