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Housing: Hartlepool

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to increase the number of new (a) affordable and (b) social houses available in Hartlepool constituency in the next five years. (130904)

The Housing Corporation programme for 2006-08 currently includes an allocation of over £3.7 million which should provide 65 new rented units in the borough. In addition a recent allocation has been made to fund 20 new social home buy units. There will be the opportunity for more homes to be provided by way of the next bidding round which covers the period 2008 onwards.

Through the planning system, the Secretary of State encourages planning authorities to assess need and make provision for that need through Local Development Frameworks.