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Housing: Peterborough

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on the impact of immigration on (a) new house building and (b) previously occupied housing, with particular reference to Peterborough. (159576)

[holding answer 19 October 2007]: Information is not available centrally on the local impact of migration on household growth. At the England level, the 2004-based household projections show that, for England, 73,000 of the 223,000 annual average household growth (or 33 per cent.) is attributable to net migration.

The draft East of England Plan includes a housing requirement for Peterborough of 25,000 additional dwellings between 2001 and 2021, which takes into account population growth and demographic change. It will be for Peterborough city council and its partners to assess locally how the demand and need for additional housing should be met through its existing and proposed housing stock.