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Regeneration: Coastal Areas

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1277W, on regeneration: coastal areas, if she will make it her policy to collect centrally information on the work of each regional improvement and efficiency partnership in respect of seaside towns. (244407)

We do not currently have any plans to make it policy to collect centrally information on the work of regional improvement and efficiency partnership in respect of seaside towns. However in the future, emerging findings from progress reports on economic development will give the opportunity to analyse the work of RIEPs on seaside towns.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which (a) organisations and (b) individuals her officials met during the consultation on the Government's Regeneration Framework document on seaside towns. (244408)

The framework, ‘Transforming places; changing lives: a framework for regeneration’, sets out Government's vision for regeneration for the whole of England over the next 10 years.

During the consultation period, officials met the British Urban Regeneration Association (BURA) who invited members from their Seaside Network to attend the meeting. My officials have also taken opportunities to promote the draft framework since the document was launched in July and to engage seaside towns in the consultation exercise, through meetings of the RDA-led Coastal Areas Network and the main seaside town “umbrella” organisations, including the Coastal Communities Alliance (CCA), and the British Resorts and Destinations Association (BRADA).

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1503W, on housing: standards, what measures her Department is taking to reduce the considerable variation in regeneration between the principal seaside towns of England. (244821)

The role and use of regeneration schemes are a matter for local decision making. The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) became operational on 1 December 2008. We established the HCA to join up the delivery of housing and regeneration and it will provide the expertise and the skills to assist local authorities and communities to deliver the ambitions they have for their area.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1276W, on regeneration: coastal areas, if she will place in the Library a list of those who responded to the consultation on the regeneration of seaside towns. (244990)

I have today placed in the Library a list of those who responded to the consultation on the proposed Regeneration Framework, "Transforming Places; changing lives": a framework for regeneration. The framework covers the whole of England—not just seaside towns.