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News - 21 October 2006
Better build a bit quicker!

Brighton & Hove housing numbers confusion

With SEEDA, SEERA and the Treasury all giving quite separate projections for the number of houses needed in the south east, Brighton & Hove was never entirely certain what its allocation would be. Now the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has produced population growth figures for the city that could add to the confusion.

The ONS has suggested that Brighton & Hove population will grow by nearly 20% by 2030 to 300,000 residents making it the fastest growing centre of population in Sussex.

The local authority is planning to build 11,000 homes over the next 20 years based on an expected population growth of 38,000 but this would be inadequate if the ONS figures are accurate.

It is important to establish an accurate prediction of housing need because the emerging Local Development Framework (LDF) will allocate land use for housing (and other uses) for the next 20 years.

The Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership (BHEP) is holding a consultation opportunity for businesses to input into the LDF on 22nd November at Sussex County Cricket Ground (see listing under Events). Contact Eleanor Mooney for details on 01273 291092 or eleanormooney@btconnect.com


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