Ms Winterton said she hoped one of the outcomes of the discussions would be to establish Yorkshire and The Humber as the example of best practice in community consultation.
She said: "I welcome the start of this work on the potentially challenging issue of getting communities to support social housing in their area.
"This comes at a time when the Government, through the Homes and Communities Agency, is investing significantly in affordable housing. In Yorkshire and Humber, alone, we have invested over £170million since April to build around 4500 affordable homes. This is not only meeting housing need but is supporting the regional construction industry and jobs through these challenging economic times.
"But often schemes can face local opposition. We need to work out the best ways to overcome concerns so that real progress can be made. There is much we can do at regional level and it’s vital to the future of many vulnerable people in our society and essential for the development of the Yorkshire and Humber region."
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