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North west house target raised

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The north west’s housing target has been raised by more than half under the region’s plan.

The North West of England Plan, published in its final version, stipulates that the region should deliver 413,000 new homes by 2021, which works out at an annual figure of 23,111.

The North West regional spatial strategy, which the new document replaces, proposes an annual provision of 15,000 new homes per annum.

The bulk of the planned housing is concentrated in the region’s major urban centres of Merseyside and Greater Manchester in a bid to support their housing market renewal programmes.

Manchester City Council’s target has been doubled from the current level of 1600 to 3500, while Salford City Council is expected to provide three times as many homes as the 530 home per annum allocation outlined in the old plan.

The new plan also maintains tight controls on housing provision outside of the north west’s main urban areas. The Cumbrian coastal authority of Barrow-in Furness BC, for example is pencilled in for 150 new homes per annum.

The plan also proposes focusing new ‘regionally significant economic development’ on the north west’s city regions and north Lancashire.

Michael Gallagher, director of planning for 4NW, said the housing numbers proposed were broadly in line with those recommended by the regional planning body.

He said: “We are delighted that the Government has endorsed our shared vision for the North West to improve the quality of life for the people in the region.”

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