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