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|Blair Plans Extra House Building for London|
- Green belt could be used to beat homes shortage
THOUSANDS of extra new homes are to be built in London if Labour win the next General Election, Tony Blair has told MPs from his party.
Following Labour's poor showing in last week's local and European elections, the Prime Minister is believed to have earmarked housing as the key issue on which the party can win back support.
Blair is reported to have told a private meeting of his party's MPs that a promise to build more homes would attract "a whole generation" of young people currently worried about being priced off the housing ladder in the south-east.
In what appears to have been a co-ordinated approach, Chancellor Gordon Brown said in a speech that he wants to help close the "unacceptable" gap between housing demand and supply.
Labour are already planning tens of thousands of new homes in London under Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott's aegis, especially on brown-field sites. Blair's new initiative is thought to be in addition to Prescott's already stated plans and might include building on London's Green Belt, previously seen as taboo.
The housing move is also thought to be one response to the controversy over asylum seekers, who are seen by some to be adding to the waiting list for social housing.