Borough WILL get more homes

PUBLISHED: 10:50 12 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:48 26 October 2009

WELWYN Hatfield looks set to be lumbered with thousands more homes, the WHT can reveal. The revised East of England Plan, being published this morning (Monday), has designated the borough as a growth area. And £4.6m will be invested by the Government in t

WELWYN Hatfield looks set to be lumbered with thousands more homes, the WHT can reveal.

The revised East of England Plan, being published this morning (Monday), has designated the borough as a growth area.

And £4.6m will be invested by the Government in the coming years in new developments around Welwyn Hatfield.

There will also be higher housing growth to deliver 508,000 homes across the eastern region by 2021 - revised from 478,000 to reach the latest housing projections.

Communities Minister Parmjit Dhanda said: "The East of England needs a long term vision for delivering much needed sustainable growth that tackles climate change, address its housing shortages and strengthens the region's economy.

"Beyond the short term squeeze of the credit crunch our population is still ageing and more people are choosing to live alone, meaning new households are growing faster than new homes.

"If more homes are not built now the housing ladder will get even further out of reach leaving the next generation with nowhere to live.

"This plan is a big step forward in addressing the demands in the East of England. It will deliver the affordable housing, better transport networks, stronger environmental protections and new jobs that the region needs."

The plan is being launched today by East of England minister and Stevenage MP Barbara Follett, at an event in Letchworth.

More soon.


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