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Stamp Duties

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 1 May 2008, Official Report columns 632-3W on stamp duties, how many of the 200 planned zero-carbon homes near Bristol have been built; and how many qualified for zero per cent. stamp duty on zero-carbon homes. (252426)

The site at Hanham Hall near Bristol is the first to be developed under the carbon challenge which the Homes and Communities Agency is delivering on behalf of Communities and Local Government. A planning application to build 195 homes at this site was submitted to the local planning authority in December 2008. Subject to consent being granted we anticipate that construction will start on the site before the end of this year with the first homes being completed in 2010.

The brief for the carbon challenge requires that the new homes must achieve level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. In keeping with the brief, Barratt Developments Plc, the preferred bidders for the Hanham Hall site, have designed the homes to meet the requirements of the definition of net zero carbon in the Code for Sustainable Homes. We therefore envisage that all 195 homes will qualify for stamp duty tax relief in due course.