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Housing: Construction

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 14 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of new build (a) socially rented properties and (b) affordable homes which were completed in the London borough of (i) Bexley, (ii) Bromley, (iii) Croydon and (iv) Greenwich in the last three years for which figures are available. (304994)

The following table shows the number of new build social rented and affordable homes (social rent, intermediate rent and low cost home ownership) in the London boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Croydon and Greenwich each year since 2006-07.

Social rentAll affordable

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Bexley

50

130

10

100

250

10

Bromley

80

130

100

150

280

140

Croydon

220

290

220

390

550

320

Greenwich

280

170

160

470

360

260

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 affordable housing is provided by new build completions, as some supply can come from acquisitions. For example, in 2008-09, a total of 150 affordable homes were provided in Bexley (new build and acquisitions), 340 in Bromley, 600 in Croydon, and 480 affordable homes were provided in Greenwich.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many houses are expected to be built in (a) the Bournemouth area, (b) the Dorset area and (c) the South West in 2010. (310086)

As part of the refresh of Local Area Agreements, including the LAA for Dorset, the Government office for the south west is currently discussing with local authorities expected house building for 2009-10 and 2010-11 to reflect realistic assumptions. I expect those discussions to be concluded in March 2010. Until these Local Area Agreement negotiations are concluded, no figures are currently available.

As part of the response to the recession, the Government will be investing a further £1.5 billion as part of the housing pledge to build an extra 20,000 new affordable homes for rent and low cost sale. This will also create an estimated 45,000 additional jobs in the construction and related industries.