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Housing: Low Incomes

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in which Homebuy schemes Northern Rock participates. (289536)

Participation in homebuy schemes is a commercial decision for lenders. Currently, 18 lenders are willing to offer mortgages under shared ownership schemes, such as new build homebuy, and five lenders support HomeBuy Direct. Northern Rock is not one of these participants.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate has been made of the number of affordable housing units provided in (a) whole and (b) part through Section 106 agreements in the last three years. (289544)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) on 30 March 2009, Official Report, columns 974-75W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the monetary value of developers' contributions under Section 106 agreements in each year since 1997; and what changes have been made to the criteria used to determine the level of such contributions since 1997. (289728)

Detailed information on the value and nature of section 106 contributions are not held centrally. The Government have conducted a survey of the use and value of planning obligations among English local authorities for the years 2003-04 and 2005-06. These research reports are published on the Communities and Local Government website.

This research estimates that the total value of planning obligations agreed in England has increased from £1.9 billion in 2003-04 to £4 billion in 2005-06. Figures for 2005-06 show that of the total value of planning obligations made in that year, the majority of contributions were made towards affordable housing (50 per cent.), followed by the provision of land (24 per cent.), transport and travel (9 per cent.), open space and the environment (5 per cent.), education (4 per cent.), community works and leisure (2 per cent.), and other contributions (6 per cent.).

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether MyChoice HomeBuy is included in the proposed closure of Open Market HomeBuy; (290465)

(2) for what reasons he is closing the Open Market Homebuy scheme; and what his plans are for the future of the HomeBuy Direct scheme.

As I outlined in my written statement to the House on 30 June 2009, Official Report, columns 7-10WS, we are closing the Open Market HomeBuy scheme, including MyChoice HomeBuy, in order to maximise our efforts behind the building of new affordable homes. As well as helping first time buyers this increases the supply of houses and creates jobs.

HomeBuy Direct is a partnership between Government and housebuilders that is giving thousands of first-time buyers the chance to step onto the property ladder, while at the same time stimulating construction activity and retaining capacity in the housebuilding industry to respond when the market recovers.

Housebuilders are able to bid for funding for more HomeBuy Direct schemes through the Kickstart programme.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties have been sold under the HomeBuy Direct scheme in each local authority area in England since the scheme's introduction. (291484)

Provisional estimates for completed sales under the HomeBuy Direct scheme by local authority area, to the end of August 2009, are set out in the following table:

Local authority

Number

Arun

1

Ashfield

1

Ashford

3

Babergh

1

Barnsley

8

Basingstoke and Deane

14

Bassetlaw

1

Bath and North East Somerset

4

Bedford Borough Council

2

Birmingham

9

Blackburn

3

Blackpool

2

Braintree

3

Brentwood

2

Bristol

9

Calderdale

3

Cannock Chase

1

Carlisle

2

Charnwood

4

Cheltenham

2

Cherwell

1

Cheshire East Council

3

Chesterfield

3

Chorley

4

Corby

3

Cornwall Council

3

Coventry

3

Croydon

2

Dacorum

3

Darlington

3

Derby

4

Doncaster

1

Dudley

9

Durham County Council

3

Eastbourne

9

East Cambridgeshire

1

East Hertfordshire

13

Eastleigh

2

East Lindsey

1

East Riding

2

East Staffordshire

1

Epping Forest

1

Exeter

1

Forest Heath

1

Fylde

3

Gloucester

11

Gravesham

1

Halton

2

Harlow

1

Harrow

3

Hart

1

Hartlepool

1

Hastings

1

Havant

7

Hinckley and Bosworth

2

Hounslow

2

Ipswich

4

Isle of Wight

4

Kingston upon Hull

8

Kirklees

10

Knowsley

1

Lambeth

23

Lancaster

2

Leeds

30

Leicester

5

Lichfield

1

Liverpool

6

Maidstone

1

Malvern Hills

2

Manchester

8

Mendip

7

Merton

1

Mid Devon

3

Middlesbrough

2

Mid Suffolk

3

Milton Keynes

2

Newark and Sherwood

1

Newcastle upon Tyne

2

Northampton

1

North Dorset

1

North East Lincolnshire

2

North Kesteven

1

North Somerset

10

North Tyneside

1

Norwich

7

Oldham

1

Peterborough

2

Plymouth

4

Portsmouth

11

Preston

1

Redbridge

3

Redcar and Cleveland

1

Rotherham

2

Rugby

5

Rushcliffe

3

Rushmoor

2

Ryedale

2

Salford

3

Sandwell

5

Sedgemoor

10

Sefton

3

Shropshire Council

2

Solihull

10

Southampton

7

South Gloucestershire

25

South Kesteven

4

South Norfolk

4

South Somerset

1

South Tyneside

1

Stevenage

1

Stockton-on-Tees

4

Stoke-on-Trent

1

Stroud

5

Suffolk coastal

1

Sunderland

7

Swale

5

Swindon

17

Tameside

2

Taunton Deane

2

Telford and Wrekin

4

Tewkesbury

14

The Medway Towns

3

Torridge

6

Trafford

1

Wakefield

10

Walsall

5

Watford

2

Wealden

3

West Berkshire

1

West Devon

1

West Dorset

1

Wiltshire Council

11

Wyre

1

Wyre Forest

1

York

9

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent by the Homes and Communities Agency on the Affordable Housing Programme in each county in 2008-09. (291716)

I have placed information on the Homes and Communities Agency's Affordable Housing Programme expenditure in 2008-09 in each local authority area in the Library of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been bought through the National Clearing House scheme in each local authority area in the North-West region since the scheme's inception. (289295)

The following table shows the number of new homes purchased from house builders by housing associations in each local authority area in the north west region through the Homes and Communities Agency's Affordable Housing Programme in 2008-09.

Purchase of unsold developer stock in North West region

Total units

Allerdale

4

Blackburn

5

Bolton

63

Carlisle

28

Chester

83

Chorley

16

Crewe and Nantwich

47

Ellesmere Port and Neston

6

Fylde

7

Halton

19

Knowsley

15

Lancaster

16

Liverpool

86

Manchester

23

Oldham

52

Rochdale

10

Salford

22

Sefton

32

South Ribble

11

Tameside

61

Warrington

44

Wigan

15

Wyre

5