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Housing: Leeds

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her latest estimate is of the number of new homes planned to be built in the next 10 years in the Leeds metropolitan District, broken down by (a) private homes to buy, (b) private homes to rent (c) housing association properties and (d) local authority homes to rent. (148646)

The draft regional spatial strategy for Yorkshire and the Humber (the “Yorkshire and Humber plan”) was submitted to the Government in December 2004. This gives a net housing delivery target for Leeds of 2,260 per annum up to 2016 and 2,950 per annum between 2016 and 2021.

In May 2007 the examination in public panel report on the plan was published. This report states that Leeds should accommodate more housing growth than currently set out in the draft RSS, but does not specify a number. Ministers are currently considering the panel report and the Secretary of State will publish proposed changes to the draft RSS later in the summer.

How these target numbers will be divided into various tenures is a matter which will be determined by both the housing market and regional and local planning processes and functions.