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Housing: North West Region

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 17 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how the Government Office for the North West plans to ensure that bids from areas wishing to become housing growth points will provide (a) enough affordable housing for purchase and (b) enough housing for rent to meet the needs of the area. (172599)

[holding answer 10 December 2007]: The responsibility for assessing housing growth point expressions of interest rests with Communities and Local Government, with Government Office for the North West (GONW) providing support to this process. GONW has provided advice to local authorities on the issues that their area should be addressing in their expression of interest, including the need for affordable housing. The assessment exercise will ensure that these issues are appropriately considered.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the role of Government Office for the North West is in assessing bids for housing growth areas. (172641)

[holding answer 10 December 2007]: The responsibility for assessing housing growth point expressions of interest rests with the Department of Communities and Local Government, with Government Office for the North West (GONW) providing support to this process.

Government Office North West’s role has included articulating Government policy to regional stakeholders including local authorities, facilitating quality bids and assisting Communities and Local Government and other Government agencies to gain a full understanding of the local circumstances.

In response to requests, GONW has organised an informal briefing session in the House, to which all hon. Members in relevant constituencies have been invited to attend.