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Housing: Northamptonshire

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her estimate is of the likely number of additional dwellings to be located in (a) Northamptonshire, (b) North Northamptonshire and (c) Wellingborough in each of the next 20 years. (141600)

As set out in the Regional Spatial Strategy for the East Midlands (RSS8), the annual average housing provision for the period 2001 to 2021, split into five year periods, is as follows:

Northamptonshire 1

Per annum

2001-06

3,095

2006-11

3,475

2011-16

3,665

2016-21

3,665

1 Excludes the Northampton figure quashed as a result of a high court challenge. This figure is being reviewed as part of the Revision to the Regional Spatial Strategy.

North Northamptonshire

Per annum

2001-06

2,225

2006-11

2,605

2011-16

2,795

2016-21

2,795

Wellingborough

Per annum

2001-06

595

2006-11

595

2011-16

685

2016-21

685

The housing figures beyond 2021 to 2026 are currently being assessed through the Revision to the Regional Spatial Strategy for the East Midlands.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will visit Wellingborough and Kettering to discuss future housing and infrastructure developments with members of local communities. (142220)

[holding answer 12 June 2007]: The Secretary of State has no plans at present to visit Wellingborough and Kettering.

However, my noble Friend, Baroness Andrews, chairs the Milton Keynes South Midlands Inter-Regional Board which gives the opportunity for discussions relating to sustainable housing and infrastructure developments on an on-going basis. The community is represented at these meeting by members from local authorities across the Milton Keynes and south midlands area.