The Financial Times (p8) reports that ministers will be told this week that congestion and pressure on services in the UK's most buoyant areas will stiffle economic growth if unconstrained development is allowed to take place.
At a meeting on Thursday, Serplan, the planning body representing 138 councils, will call for talks with John Prescott, the envrionment secretary, as well as a regional 'summit' on the economy and jobs.
After a five-week public inquiry, the inspectors last month recommended a rate of housebuilding between 53% and 64% higher than the range proposed by Serplan. The 1.1m is equivalent to 12 cities the size of southampton.
He says the inspectors' report undermines the democratic process and conflicts with government policies on sustainable development.
He adds: 'The massive greenfield requirement implied by the panel's proposals would remove the pressure on the development industry to seek out potential urban opportunities and thereby undermine the achievement of an urban reniassance.'