Strategy sets timetable for infrastructure

Infrastructure to support sustainable prosperity in the South East should be "substantially in place" by 2016, according to the latest strategy for the region.

A review of the South East England Development Agency's regional economic strategy, published for consultation this week, calls for investment in a sustainable transport network and affordable housing.

The document proposes building 35,000 homes a year - 32,000 annually up to 2011 and 36,000 each year thereafter. Securing an urban renaissance across the region is another key ingredient of the strategy.

It states: "Degraded, unsafe and unhealthy environments present one of the major barriers to economic revival and success in the most disadvantaged areas." Emerging growth areas such as urban south Hampshire should be supported, it adds.

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