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East of England clashes with GLA over commuter homes

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EAST OF England politicians and the ICE have set themselves on a collision course with the Greater London Authority (GLA) over plans to build new homes.

They disagree with the GLA, which wants new homes to be for London commuters. They say that new housing in the East of England should only be for people working in the region.

ICE East of England and the East of England Regional Assembly (EERA) expressed their views at a public inquiry into the East of England's regional spatial strategy.

The EERA said that it would support house building plans in the region if there was demand from the local job market.

'We want sustainable communities - and to reduce the net level of people going to London to work. Essex is not just for the London market, ' said EERA regional planning and transportation manager Graham Nelson.

ICE East of England added that encouraging commuting would increase carbon emissions and worsen already-congested transport routes into the capital.

A spokesman for London mayor Ken Livingstone said that EERA could increase its housing density to accommodate more homes and meet London's demands.

EERA recently suspended its own regional spatial strategy, which includes building 478,000 new homes by 2021. This was because it failed to win enough central government funding for infrastructure.

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