Letter: More homes needed

Sir: There are lies, damned lies, statistics and future projections ("Land needed for 600,000 homes", 27 May). The population is not increasing; the homes won't be given to the homeless; guesses about future divorce rates seem a vague basis for such a dogmatic assertion.

These projections mean that, if 600,000 houses can be built cheaply on greenfield sites in the overcrowded Southeast, the developers will make a handsome profit. Effects on the environment, transport, water supply, disadvantaged areas outside the Southeast and existing residents are not the developers' problem.

Apparently they don't bother the Government, either.

STEPHEN LOWE WATSON

Lewes, East Sussex

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