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Volume 713: debated on Tuesday 20 October 2009


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To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the latest forecast of the number of homes which will be built in 2009; and how that compares with previous years. [HL5602]

The department does not publish forecasts for housebuilding. In 2008, 142,400 new-build dwellings were completed in England.

The latest statistics on housebuilding starts and completions in England were published in the Communities and Local Government statistics release of 20 August 2009 and accompanying live tables. The web links are show below:

link to housebuilding statistics release:; and

link to housebuilding live tables:

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans there are for relaxing planning regulations and rules to allow more homes to be built on greenfield sites. [HL5605]

Planning Policy Statement 3: Housing (PPS3) sets out the Government's policy on planning for housing. It sets a national annual target that at least 60 per cent of new housing should be provided on previously developed land (brownfield land). In 2008, on a provisional estimate, 79 per cent of dwellings (including conversions) were built on previously developed land. The Government have no plans to review PPS3 at the present time.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what incentives are being provided to private landlords and developers to build more houses to rent; and what other measures they are considering to increase the availability of rental accommodation. [HL5606]

In May this year, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) launched its private sector renting initiative with the priority of encouraging new long-term institutional and other equity investors into the private rented sector. At the same time, this Government published their response to the Rugg review of the private rented sector. The government response contained wide-ranging proposals aimed at improving the professionalism and quality of the sector and thereby creating a supportive framework for its growth.