North-west housing plan revealed
Communities minister Baroness Andrews has revealed details of the
government's housing plans for the north-west of England under the
regional spatial strategy.
The overall total of new homes to be built in the region by 2021 is
413,000, a number the minister said it is important to achieve to
allow people to still get on the housing ladder.
Regional spatial strategies are intended to link together issues
such as housing with matters such as employment, the economy and
Under the plan, Manchester, Salford and Liverpool have been
identified as the places of greatest housing need, with Manchester
and Liverpool being given priority as core city areas to focus
The other area identified for focus is mid-Lancashire.
Baroness Andrews said: "The north-west needs a long-term strategy
for boosting its economy, addressing housing need and protecting
the environment by tackling climate change."
Earlier this week HBOS revealed that data from the Office for
National Statistics showed the city of Manchester to be the only
local authority area in the north-west to have seen a population
increase of over ten per cent in the decade from 1997 to