HC Deb 08 July 2003 vol 408 cc708-9W
Mr. Prisk

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the required increase in housing supply in order to balance supply and demand; what discussions he has had with the Deputy Prime Minister on this subject; and whether the estimates he has made of the required increase in housing supply take into account the protection of (a) rural areas, (b) the countryside and (c) greenbelt land. [121437]

John Healey

The Government are taking forward the existing reviews of regional plans covering the high-demand growth areas in the south east as the means for realising the additional growth potential of 200,000 homes identified in my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister's statement of 5 February 2003,Official Report, column 273, on "Sustainable Communities: Building for the Future". Regional Planning Bodies will be required to consider the case for additional growth in the longer term when preparing new regional spatial strategies, and to take account of volatility in the housing market and the need to promote macroeconomic stability as part of delivering sustainable development.

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