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The plan represents a step change in addressing housing needs but falls short of what will be required based on likely growth in households. The regional assembly is about to commence a further review of the RSS covering the period to 2031 for completion by 2011, which will be informed by government guidance on the range of housing provision required. We are also asking the assembly, working with partners, to

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carry out a single-issue review focused on regeneration of Thurrock Lakeside, including the regional shopping centre.

The RSS review is a key milestone in putting in place sustainable higher growth and setting the strategic planning context for decision-makers in the east of England. The crucial task now is to ensure that it is implemented quickly and effectively. We look forward to working with the local authorities, local delivery vehicles and other key partners on its delivery.

Copies of the east of England plan, together with the sustainability report, are available in the Libraries of both Houses and have been provided for all the region’s MPs, MEPs and local authorities.


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