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New Towns

Volume 640: debated on Tuesday 16 May 1961

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66.

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs how many houses had been built in the new towns in England and Wales up to 31st December, 1960, stating the proportions built by the development corporations and by private enterprise, respectively; and what steps he is taking to increase the proportion of houses built by private enterprise in these new towns in the future.

Up to 31st December, 1960, new town development corporations had completed 77,775 houses, and private enterprise had completed 3,483 houses on land sold or leased by corporations, a total of 81,258 houses. Houses have also been built by the local authorities in the new town areas and by private enterprise on land not sold or leased by corporations, but detailed figures for these categories are not readily available.All the development corporations are aware of my wish to encourage private house-building in new towns and, subject to some necessary safeguards, are ready to make available suitable land for development as private estates or for houses to be built to individual requirements.