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Housing: Castle Point

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what target she has set for housebuilding in Castle Point constituency over the next planning period; and what the (a) process and (b) anticipated timing is for finding sites for these houses. (199369)

The Proposed Changes to the draft Regional Spatial Strategy for the East of England propose a target of 4,000 net additional homes in Castle Point between 2001 and 2021. Of these, 1,114 had been built by the end of March 2007, and planning permission existed for a further 463. General locations for the 2,423 homes still to be identified will be determined through the preparation of Castle Point’s Core Strategy, which is due to be adopted next spring. More detailed guidance will be provided through site allocation documents for Canvey Island and for Benfleet, Hadleigh and Thundersley (both due to be adopted in 2010).