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New home estimates under fire.

GOVERNMENT estimates for the number of new households likely to be formed in the West Midlands over the next 17 years came under severe attack as councils and environmental groups combined to oppose plans to build up to 440,000 new homes across the region.

Figures published by the Office for National Statistics, predicting a 20 per cent increase in the number people looking to move into their own homes by 2026, were openly ridiculed at a public inquiry into revisions to the Regional Spatial Strategy.

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:
, representing 38 local authorities, said the figure was "simplistic sim¬∑plism ¬†
The tendency to oversimplify an issue or a problem by ignoring complexities or complications.

[French simplisme, from simple, simple, from Old French; see simple
" and simply assumed that past levels of growth would continue despite the impact of the worst economic recession in living memory.

A regional assembly housing spokeswoman said projected growth in population assumed that the number of economic migrants from eastern Europe would continue at a high level.

But this was unlikely given the weakness of the pound, which meant that EU citizens could earn more in their own countries.

Council leaders said they fear they will be forced to release too much land for house building, resulting in developers "cherry picking Cherry Picking

1. The act of investors choosing investments that have performed well within another portfolio in anticipation that the trend will continue.

2. Relating to bankruptcy proceedings whereby the courts uphold contracts favorable to bankrupt companies, but annul
" greenfield sites..
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:May 7, 2009
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