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Inspectors demand more south-west homes

Some south-west councils will have to find space for double the number of new homes they expected, under revised figures issued by planning inspectors who have examined the regional assembly's earlier proposals.

Overall, the inspectors propose that 569,450 new homes should be built in the region in 2006-26 period, a 23 per cent increase on what the assembly had called for.

The highest increases are at: Purbeck District Council (145 per cent) and Torridge District Council (123 per cent)

Mike Bawden, chair of the assembly's regional planning group said: "The key thing is that any level of growth proposed is sustainable and is accompanied by strategic investment in infrastructure from government."

Source: Local Government Chronicle