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Increase in house building 'not enough'

A major increase in house building in Yorkshire is likely to fall short of Government targets, ministers have conceded.

The Yorkshire and Humber Plan, published by communities secretary Hazel Blears, confirms plans to construct more than 22,000 homes a year until 2026.

But in a written statement to MPs, junior communities minister Parmjit Dhanda said that figure would not be enough.

He said: "The plan represents a step change in addressing housing need in Yorkshire and the Humber but falls short of what is likely to be required in the longer term to meet the Government's housing green paper target.

"The Yorkshire and Humber Assembly are committed to carrying out a further review of the plan to consider housing growth, taking account of latest evidence, eco towns and New Growth Points."