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Housing: Construction

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the regulatory and environmental benefits of establishing a competent person scheme for roofing work. (289997)

The Department has been discussing with interested parties the possibility of establishing a competent person scheme for roof work. Before any scheme could be authorised, the regulatory and environmental benefits in doing so would need to be fully assessed. Any applicant for a scheme for roof work would need to demonstrate competence to meet all the environmental requirements in the building regulations.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many affordable homes have been built in (a) North-West Cambridgeshire, (b) Cambridgeshire, (c) Peterborough, (d) Huntingdonshire and (e) England in each of the last five years; (291478)

(2) how many homes for social rent have been built in (a) North-West Cambridgeshire, (b) Cambridgeshire, (c) Huntingdonshire, (d) Peterborough and (e) England in each of the last five years.

Information on new homes built for social rent and affordable housing is not available by constituency.

The following table shows the number of new affordable homes (social rent, intermediate rent and low cost home ownership) built in Cambridge local authority, Huntingdon local authority, Peterborough unitary authority, Cambridgeshire county and England in each of the last five years.

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Cambridge

160

30

120

160

250

Huntingdon

80

90

70

100

70

Peterborough

0

150

80

120

280

Cambridgeshire

540

440

680

840

890

England

23,890

26,930

33,260

36,260

43,560

Note:

Figures are estimates, and have been rounded to the nearest 10.

The following table shows the number of new social rented homes (excluding intermediate rent and low cost home ownership) built in Cambridge local authority, Huntingdon local authority, Peterborough unitary authority, Cambridgeshire county and England in each of the last five years.

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Cambridge

160

30

100

120

120

Huntingdon

80

80

50

80

60

Peterborough

0

140

40

60

200

Cambridgeshire

450

360

400

590

550

England

18,370

18,790

20,510

21,500

25,390

Note:

Figures are estimates, and have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

Homes and Communities Agency Investment Management System (IMS), and local authority returns to CLG. Figures have been rounded to nearest 10 units.

Not all social rented and affordable housing is provided by new build completions, as some supply can come from acquisitions. For example, in 2007-08, a total of 270 additional affordable homes were provided in Cambridge (new build and acquisitions), 90 in Huntingdon, 310 in Peterborough, 990 in Cambridgeshire, and 53,730 additional affordable homes were provided in England (new build and acquisitions).

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many affordable homes have been built in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North-East and (d) England in each year since 1997; (291541)

(2) how many homes for social rent have been built in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North-East and (d) England in each year since 1997.

Information on new homes built for social rent and affordable housing is not available by constituency.

The following table shows the number of new affordable homes (social rent, intermediate rent and low cost home ownership) built in South Tyneside local authority, the North-East Region, and England in each of the last five years.

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

South Tyneside

80

40

80

80

80

North East

560

690

930

1,230

830

England

23,890

26,930

33,260

36,260

43,560

Note:

Figures are estimates, and have been rounded to the nearest 10.

The following table shows the number of new social rented homes (excluding intermediate rent and low cost home ownership) built in South Tyneside local authority, the North-East Region, and England in each of the last five years.

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

South Tyneside

80

30

50

80

70

North East

540

580

760

1,090

690

England

18,370

18,790

20,510

21,500

25,390

Note:

Figures are estimates, and have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

Homes and Communities Agency Investment Management System (IMS), and local authority returns to CLG. Figures have been rounded to nearest 10 units.

Not all social rented and affordable housing is provided by new build completions, as some supply can come from acquisitions. For example, in 2007-08, a total of 80 additional affordable homes were provided in South Tyneside (new build and acquisitions), 960 in the North- East Region, and 53,730 additional affordable homes were provided in England (new build and acquisitions).

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes were built in each of the six Gloucestershire districts in each year since 2003. (291560)

The following table shows the number of new affordable homes (social rent, intermediate rent and low cost home ownership) built in each local authority in Gloucestershire in each of the last five years.

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Gloucester

30

60

120

120

170

Tewkesbury

20

50

100

80

140

Cheltenham

160

90

30

70

110

Cotswold

60

100

20

50

10

Stroud

20

20

30

0

100

Forest of Dean

20

20

40

40

90

Note:

Figures are estimates, and have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Not all affordable housing is provided by new build completions, as some supply can come from acquisitions. For example, in 2007-08, a total of 210 additional affordable homes were provided in Gloucester (new build and acquisitions), 150 in Tewkesbury, 120 in Cheltenham, 10 in Cotswold, 100 in Stroud, and 100 additional affordable homes were provided in Forest of Dean (new build and acquisitions).

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to encourage self-build housebuilders. (292296)

The Government recognise the need to promote a diverse range of housing suppliers to achieve its housing ambitions. This includes, where appropriate, self builders who make an important contribution towards the meeting the demand for new homes.

The Government are doing further work identify additional opportunities to promote a strong and diverse house-building sector. We will report on progress with this work alongside the 2009 pre-Budget report in the autumn.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many self-built homes were completed in each region in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (292298)