6.7.1 The South West's population is growing and with household numbers expected to rise significantly, it is foreseeable that the need and demand for housing will continue to grow. The slow down in house building as a result of the recession is likely to create an even bigger challenge for the region.
6.7.2 As there is nationally, there is an immediate need to improve the quality and environmental sustainability of new and existing dwellings in the South West. The highly dispersed population of the region could make this challenge greater but also offer opportunities.
6.7.3 The South West continues to face many housing challenges, in particular the South West has the fastest growth in older people (see Population and Migration chapter) which will have a major impact on suitable housing availability. However, there are real opportunities for the South West to develop resilient, integrated communities that maintain and enhance its cherished environmental qualities, both urban and rural.