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One million homes to be built in two UK regions

Over one million homes will be built in the East Midlands and the South West region by 2026 if government plans to tackle housing shortages are given the green light.

A statement released by the Department of Communities and Local Government today has outlined a number of changes to the East Midlands and South West’s Regional Spatial Strategy, the main policy document setting out government strategy for regional growth and development.

Subject to a 12 week consultation period proposed changes to the South West include a 29 per cent increase in housing provision to 29,623 per year until 2026, plus an increase in the affordable housing target to 10,000 homes each year until 2026.

Communities minister Baroness Andrews said: “The South West needs a long term development vision that tackles the threat of climate change, addresses housing shortages and strengthens the region’s economy.”

Changes proposed for the East Midlands include 21,750 new homes to be built each year up to 2026, a regional total of 527,725 homes, plus new affordable housing provision to be increased to 168,400.

The public consultation on the proposed changes will last until October 17.


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