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Housing

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of the housing stock in England is made up of three bedroom homes. (155696)

The Survey of English Housing reported that 45 per cent. of households in England lived in three-bedroom dwellings in the financial year 2005-06.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of her Department's target of building 240,000 new dwellings a year in England she expects to be built by (a) local authorities as council housing stock, (b) housing associations for social tenure and (c) the private sector for private sale. (155858)

The Government are committed to tackling the problems of housing affordability and have announced plans to raise the annual housing supply target for 2016 from 200,000 to 240,000 additional homes a year.

The recent Housing Green Paper “Homes for the future: more affordable, more sustainable” sets out further details of our proposals, including Government's plans for the level of affordable housing to be delivered in the years covered by the Comprehensive Spending Review, supported by investment of at least £8 billion. We are increasing outputs of new affordable housing to at least 70,000 by 2010-11 of which 45,000 will be for new social rented homes—50 per cent. more than this year, 2007-08.

The detail of where additional housing of various types will be located is a matter for regional and local planning processes and functions.