Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Londonshire; Plan to Build 640,000 New Homes across the South East

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Londonshire; Plan to Build 640,000 New Homes across the South East

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Byline: ROSS LYDALL

PLANS to build up to 640,000 homes in the South-East can be revealed today.

The Government wants to increase the number of new homes being built to 32,000 a year to tackle soaring prices and boost the economy.

The proposals insist that the Green Belt area must be preserved but they raise the prospect of creeping urban sprawl around London, from Aylesbury to Ashford.

Experts claim [pounds sterling]30 billion of Government investment in new roads, schools, hospitals and water supplies would be needed to protect the region's quality of life.

From Monday, the South-East England Regional Assembly will be consulting the public. Eight million residents will be asked to back one of three options - to allow either 25,500, 28,000 or 32,000 new homes a year.

The favoured option will be submitted to the Government in July, and be formally adopted by 2007 after a public inquiry. The plan also aims to tackle economic blackspots in Kent and revitalise coastal towns. …

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