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Housing Market

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the most recent (a) actual and (b) estimated outputs are for (i) demolitions, (ii) repairs, improvements and refurbishments and (iii) new builds in each of the housing market renewal pathfinder areas in (A) 2004-05, (B) 2005-06, (C) 2006-07, (D) 2007-08 and (E) 2008-09. (157678)

The following table provides information on the number of demolitions, refurbishments and new builds funded in full or in part by housing market renewal funding (HMRF) as part of the local programmes led by councils and partners to address housing problems in their areas. The figures for 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07 are actual. Estimated figures for 2007-08 are derived from the targets in the pathfinders’ funding agreements for this year. It is not yet possible to estimate outputs for 2008-09.

The variation in outputs between pathfinders is partly explained by the different sizes of the programmes and how long they have been running. There is also a wide variety in approaches taken depending on the particular problems faced in each area and the wishes of each individual community affected.

New buildRepairs, improvements and refurbishmentsDemolitions

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-081

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-081

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-081

Birmingham Sandwell

47

62

52

30

10

6,115

518

1,498

71

306

60

88

East Lancashire

0

0

16

0

674

830

336

415

311

331

309

434

Hull and East Riding

0

0

44

32

0

0

20

470

0

147

92

64

Manchester Salford

0

0

127

464

4,304

2,418

2,367

866

571

454

755

645

Merseyside

6

11

321

622

2,404

5,383

873

1,485

110

185

256

431

Newcastle Gateshead

9

11

66

120

232

433

1,692

1,482

409

506

258

216

North Staffordshire

0

0

0

50

139

1,408

846

1,000

234

62

215

400

Oldham Rochdale

0

0

106

165

832

1,059

278

240

78

164

164

218

South Yorkshire

0

2

176

1,158

760

1,155

1,751

3,241

1,105

627

525

475

1 Estimate

Note:

The outputs in the table are only those that are funded directly by HMRF. The pathfinders have played a part in generating significant additional outputs through the contributions of partners, principally local authorities, RSLs and the private sector, in related and complementary interventions in housing market renewal areas.