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Housing: West Midlands

Volume 457: debated on Tuesday 6 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) demographic data and (b) assumptions were used to inform her Department’s estimate of the number of houses needed in the revision to the West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy; and if she will make a statement. (123696)

The West Midlands Regional Assembly has drawn up the consultation options for housing numbers for the revision to the Regional Spatial Strategy. In line with the requirements of PPS3: Housing, the Assembly has to take into account the Government’s latest published household projections in determining the level of housing provision. The Assembly has also made assumptions relating to the demolition and replacement of obsolete housing stock across the region, and made an allowance for vacancy rates in new build properties. These will be tested by independent inspectors during the Examination in Public of the Regional Spatial Strategy later next year.