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DEBATE ON HOUSING GROWTH

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Opposing sides in the nationwide housing debate will meet at a Royal Town Planning Institute sponsored conference t...
Opposing sides in the nationwide housing debate will meet at a Royal Town Planning Institute sponsored conference tomorrow.

The Housing Growth Debate - a roof too far? will feature Tony Burton from the Council for the Protection of Rural England and David Coates from the Housebuilders Federation, as well as a number of other speakers who will be debating about where to put the 4.4 million homes needed by 2016.

Other speakers at the conference include Richard Wakeford from the Countryside Commission and David Lunts from the Urban Villages Forum.

Nick Davies, chair of the institute's planning policy committee and conference chair said: 'The outcome of this debate will shape our towns, villages and countryside for years to come.'

He added: 'No one doubts the demand for new housing but where is it to go? Do we need more urban sprawl with the resulting loss of open countryside, or do we plan sensibly for the future by building new settlements and renewing our inner cities?

'Some of the top experts in the country will debate these issues and lend their views to what is one of the most important issues to face this country since the end of the second world war.'

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