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CPRE: RURAL COUNTIES CANNOT SUPPORT MORE HOUSES

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Residents in West Sussex are protesting at DoE plans to allow 60,000 new homes to be built in the county, BBC Radio...
Residents in West Sussex are protesting at DoE plans to allow 60,000 new homes to be built in the county, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning.

The Council for the Protection of Rural England says West Sussex is a test case for the argument that rural counties cannot support more houses.

The county has little 'brown land' for housing, Today reported.

But David Coates of the House Builders Federation said: 'We look to planning authorities ... to produce imaginative solutions rather than just saying that West Sussex is full or Surrey is full. They're clearly not.'

West Sussex assistant country planning officer John Deere said the county can only take around 47,000 new homes.

'West Sussex is taking its fair share... I sometimes wonder why we assume these numbers have got to be matched,' he told the programme.

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