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Housing: Standards

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Government's targets for new house-building in England were in each year since 1997-98. (171568)

Detailed housing targets are not directly set by Government, but are set out in regional and local plans which are developed through regional and local planning processes. The Government set the overall strategy for housing supply in England. The 2003 Sustainable Communities Plan set out a target to increase housing supply from 900,000 to 1.1 million in the RPG9 area (the wider South East) over the course of the plan, and the Government's 2005 response to the Barker review of Housing Supply announced an ambition to increase housing supply in England from 150,000 to 200,000 per annum by 2016.

The Housing Green Paper, "Homes for the Future: more affordable, more sustainable" (CM 7191), published in July, set out a target to increase housing supply to 240,000 additional homes per annum by 2016.