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Housing: Thames Gateway

Volume 506: debated on Tuesday 2 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been built in the Thames Gateway area since 2008; and what target has been set for the number of completions by 2016. (318717)

Since 2008 to 30 September 2009, the latest period for which data are available, 5550 new dwellings (new build and conversions) have been delivered in the Thames Gateway. Data for the fourth quarter of the calendar year will be available shortly.

The Thames Gateway Delivery Plan, published in November 2007, sets out an ambition to build 160,000 new homes between 2001 and 2016. From 1 April 2001 to 30 September 2009, 56,870 new dwellings (new build and conversions) have been added to the Thames Gateway housing stock (including the 5550 already referred to).

The recession has impacted on the start of construction of new dwellings in the Thames Gateway as elsewhere. But the Government remains confident its ambitions are still achievable in the longer term: indeed research has shown that the Thames Gateway has the potential not only to meet but to exceed these ambitions. In the meantime, CLG and HCA continue to make every effort to sustain delivery, through initiatives like Kickstart.