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Housing: Thames Gateway

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether consideration has been given to encouraging residents living in inner London to move to new homes to be built as part of the Thames Gateway project. (235804)

The objective of the Thames Gateway programme set out in the Delivery Plan are to provide substantial additional housing in the area: 160, 000 more new homes by 2016. New housing in the Thames Gateway will be built to a high standard of design and provided at an appropriate mix of sizes and tenures. This high quality new housing will not only benefit existing residents of the Thames Gateway, but will also be attractive to families currently living outside the Gateway. Those individuals would of course include residents of inner London, however it is not the role of Government to actively encourage residents to move from Inner London to the Thames Gateway.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new homes will be built as part of the Thames Gateway project; and what estimate she has made of the average cost of building such homes. (235806)

The Government's Thames Gateway programme is not directly responsible for the building of substantial quantities of new homes. Rather, through funding projects including site preparation and infrastructure provision, it facilitates the provision of new homes by the market. However, the Government have an aspiration that 160,000 additional new dwellings should be provided in the Thames Gateway from 2001 to 2016 inclusive. The Department has not made an assessment of the average cost of building new homes in the Thames Gateway, since this is largely a matter for the market.