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Birmingham opposes housing plan

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A report backing plans for nearly 500,000 new homes in the West Midlands is being opposed by the region's biggest authority, Birmingham City Council.

In October, Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners said local authorities could identify land for 445,600 dwellings - 80,000 more than local leaders believe is achievable without affecting the green belt.

According to the Birmingham Mail newspaper website, Birmingham City Council’s cabinet is backing a draft revision to the proposed regional strategy.

If backed by a public inquiry next year, it would limit growth in the West Midlands to 365,000 new homes.

David Bull, the council’s assistant director of development strategy, is quoted: “The Nathaniel Lichfield study is driven by housing supply factors rather than housing needs.

"It fails to consider the full range of socio-economic and environmental factors that should be taken into account.”

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