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Housing: Barnet

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what bids for housing capital finance by (a) Barnet Council, (b) Barratt Homes and (c) housing associations in respect of housing projects in Barnet have been (i) made, (ii) granted, (iii) refused and (iv) remain to be taken up after being granted to (A) central Government directly, (B) the Housing Corporation and (C) the Homes and Communities Agency for (1) affordable loans for subsidised purchase and (2) social housing for rent; under what schemes each bid was made; and what the (x) sum bid for, (y) number of properties involved and (z) proposed tenure mix was in each case. (290847)

The following table shows bids received, approved and rejected through the Homes and Communities Agency’s (HCA) (and prior to 1 December 2008 the Housing Corporation’s) Affordable Housing Programme (AHP) in 2008-09 for low cost home ownership and social housing for rent. These bids were made by registered social landlords and other providers for schemes sponsored in Barnet. Bids received from Barrett Homes totalled £0.3 million for eight units in 2008-09 and are included in the low cost home ownership bid figure. Barnet council did not bid for AHP funding from the HCA in 2008-09.

The balance between all bids and the sum of allocations made and bids rejected can be due to withdrawal of scheme, decision pending or scheme being resubmitted.

All bids received 2008-09

HCA affordable housing programme

Grant (£ million)

Units

Total social rent

116.8

770

Total low cost home ownership

16.4

322

Grand total

134.1

1,353

Allocations made 2008-09

HCA affordable housing programme

Grant (£ million)

Units

Total social rent

76.0

494

Total low cost home ownership

11.8

235

Grand total

87.8

729

All rejected 2008-09

HCA affordable housing programme

Grant (£ million)

Units

Total social rent

37.1

249

Total low cost home ownership

2.9

59

Grand total

40.9

569

In addition, Barrett Developments PLC has been short listed for HCA Kickstart programme funding in July 2009 for a development of the ‘Stonegrove’ project in Edgware, which is now undergoing a process of due diligence before the HCA confirms if it will support each scheme. The shortlist has been published at:

http://www.homesandcommunities.co.uk/kickstart-response-shows-industry-appetite?p=3

Other programmes within CLG do not provide homes for social rent or affordable loans for subsidised purchase.