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Plans to build more affordable homes in doubt; North's crisis could have been solved.

Byline: Sam Wood

PLANS to build thousands of new homes aimed at solving the region's housing shortage have been thrown into doubt by a Government report.

Under the North East Regional Spatial Strategy 45,000 homes are due to be built by 2016 - but those figures should be slashed because of the economic downturn, according to the Environment Select Committee.

Alex Watson, chairman of the North East Regional Assembly, said: "It's totally ridiculous.

"There is a desperate need for new housing in the North East.

"If we don't get these new homes the workforce of the region is just going to leave. We need more homes."

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 3, 2008
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