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NEW HOMES PROJECTIONS WELCOMED IN THE WEST MIDLANDS

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Worcestershire CC has welcomed the announcement by environment secretary John Prescott that fewer new houses will n...
Worcestershire CC has welcomed the announcement by environment secretary John Prescott that fewer new houses will need to be built over the next 25 years.

The Birmingham Post (p1) reports that the council's environmental services chairman, Colin Beardwood, who is also chairman of the West Midlands regional chamber, said it was 'extremely good news' for the region.

He said: 'It reflects the scepticism of many of us who did not believe that the growth of single households would go on at the pace it has gone on in the 1980s and 1990s.

'It is extremely good news if we are getting the nationwide figure down by nearly 20%. It will be of particular interest in the West Midlands on the basis that shire counties are having to look extremely hard at green land and there was considerable reluctance to build on any more green land than was absolutely necessary.'

Mr Beardwood said Worcestershire was already expecting to build half of its new homes on brownfield land but the new figures meant it was likely to hit the government's target of 60%.

He said if shire counties like Worcestershire could do that, it should be possible for the whole region to meet the same target.

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