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Cooper names 'growth points' for 100,000 new homes

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The government has revealed 45 New Growth Points - areas across England that it claims have the capacity to provide a total of 100,000 new homes.

The points ( click on the thumbnail below for a full map) are additions to the growth areas already outlined in the Sustainable Communities Plan.

Cynics will point out that these established housing areas, such as the Thames Gateway, have so far failed to provide anything like the amount of mass housing promised.

But ministers claim the points - which range from Truro to Lincoln, Derby and Leicester - will make a difference to the supply of new homes.

Housing minister Yvette Cooper said this morning: 'If we don't build more homes, less than a third of today's 10-year-olds will be able to afford a place of their own in 20 years' time.

'Helping towns and cities that want to grow can make a substantial difference in delivering the new homes we need.

'This gives local areas the chance to provide more jobs and homes, with higher design and environmental standards too,' she added.

by Ed Dorrell

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