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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 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.

The councils, represented by the West Midlands Regional Assembly, 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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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Apr 27, 2009
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