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Housing: Construction

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been built in (a) the East of England and (b) Suffolk in each of the last five years; and what proportion of such properties have been classified as affordable housing. (294603)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 14 October 2009, Official Report, columns 969W for figures showing new affordable homes built as a proportion of all homes built, by county.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes have been built in (a) Mid Bedfordshire constituency, (b) Bedfordshire and (c) the East of England since 1997. (295367)

Information on new affordable homes built 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 mid Bedfordshire local authority, Bedfordshire, the East of England Region, and England in each year since 1997-98.

Mid Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire

East of England GOR

England

1997-98

210

410

2,840

28,210

1998-99

150

480

2,990

26,550

1999-2000

40

330

2,020

22,360

2000-01

60

190

2,250

20,940

2001-02

50

220

2,360

21,740

2002-03

70

230

2,460

21,100

2003-04

110

250

2,760

23,890

2004-05

80

430

3,140

26,930

2005-06

60

300

4,160

33,260

2006-07

70

220

5,020

36,260

2007-08

80

440

6,260

43,560

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 90 additional affordable homes were provided in mid Bedfordshire local authority (new build and acquisitions), 530 in Bedfordshire, 7,200 in the East of England 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 (1) for what reasons the Homes and Communities Agency has revised downwards its targets for rural affordable house building; (296159)

(2) what discussions he has had with the Commission for Rural Communities on the decision by the Homes and Communities Agency to reduce its target for rural affordable housing.

Market conditions have made delivery of affordable housing much more challenging. The HCA’s Corporate Plan (published at the end of September) announced their rural target is 8,500, in line with the reduction in their overall affordable housing targets in response to current market conditions. My officials have met with the Commission for Rural Communities to discuss these and other matters.