To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at Communities and Local Government, Mr Ian Austin, on 12 October (Official Report, House of Commons, cols. 1503–4W), why the sums granted to each housing market renewal pathfinder result in variable numbers of new houses built, existing houses refurbished and houses demolished; why the £270 million allocated to East Lancashire resulted in 16 new homes, 4,300 refurbishments and 2,000 demolitions; and why the £245 million allocated to South Yorkshire resulted in 538 new homes, 9,000 refurbishments and 3,100 demolitions. [HL382]
It is not possible to make direct comparisons between the outputs of HMR pathfinders as there are wide variations in the value of projects, local priorities and local markets. The HMR programme is also aimed at attracting interest from developers to their areas and the projects undertaken by pathfinders will therefore vary in relation to investor plans.
Allocations to HMR pathfinders are made for the totality of their programmes, and not for individual elements, on the basis of strategies set out in their business plans. It is for individual pathfinders to judge how much should be spent on particular activities, taking into account the stage of the regeneration process in their area and local market conditions.