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Bridging Newcastle Gateshead: Finance

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Government have contributed through Bridging Newcastle Gateshead to costs for (a) the strategic housing staff capacity of the city of Newcastle and (b) (i) the EDAW consultancy and (ii) other consultancy costs incurred in (A) the preparation of the north central plan and (B) in relation to the Benwell Scotswood plan. (191626)

The Bridging Newcastle Gateshead (BNG) contribution to work on strategic housing capacity in Newcastle city council, by providing financial contributions for the preparation of area action plans, is projected to be £396,566 in the year up to 31 March 2008.

BNG have contributed £200,000 towards the cost of the north central plan that has been led by consultants. This amount is the overall budget and includes costs other than consultancies fees such as the hiring of venues to undertake public consultation.

In relation to the Benwell Scotswood plan, BNG have contributed £227,000 towards the cost of this project that has been led by EDAW. This amount is the overall budget and includes costs other than consultancies fees such as the hiring of venues to undertake public consultation.