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Assembly plans to build 365,600 homes

The West Midlands Regional Assembly has put forward plans to build a minimum of 365,600 new homes in the region in total between 2006 and 2026.

The figures are up on previous proposals made to Government.

In a statement the Assembly said: "In line with Government policy, this is a significantly higher rate of development from previous proposals approved in 2004 but still retains a major emphasis on using brown field sites, particularly in the major urban areas of Birmingham, the Black Country, Coventry and the North Staffordshire conurbation.

“While housing has been the most sensitive issue in the draft revision, there have also been a range of other matters covered that will have equally important implications for the region.” the Assembly added.

“These include the further development of town and city centres, transport policies and revised policies for waste management where new approaches are needed in order to reduce the need for landfill.

Public consultation on the Revision Draft will run from 7 January to 28 March.

All documents can also be viewed on the Assembly's website www.wmra.gov.uk

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