CPRE East of England
UPDATE ON THE EAST OF
The East of England Plan (covering the
six counties of
In late 2009 the
initial consultation phase of the review was completed in which views were
sought, particularly on four ‘growth scenarios’ for housing numbers in the east
CPRE in the East of England submitted a detailed response to this consultation. We stressed the colossal housing numbers proposed and the inevitable damage this would do to the landscape, environment and quality of life of the residents.
Following the consultation, the East of England Regional Assembly (EERA) revised the draft Plan. Crucially, far from increasing the housing numbers in the existing plan along the lines of the proposed four scenarios, the draft actually slightly decreased the proposed new housing for the region from 508,000 to just over 500,000 new homes in the region between 2011 and 2031.
The revised draft East of England Plan was ratified by EERA on 12 March 2010 and submitted to the Secretary of State for approval and possible amendment. It is intended that this will then be returned to the Regional Strategy Board (which has taken over this role from EERA which has now been wound up) for further consideration and examination in public.
Given the election on 6 May 2010 it is very possible that the next steps may change significantly – not least because both Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties have made clear their opposition to regional plans.>
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