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House of Commons Hansard
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25 November 2009
Volume 501
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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes were built in rural areas in each year since 1997. [300999]

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The following table shows the number of new affordable homes (social rent, intermediate rent and low cost home ownership) built in rural areas in England each year since 1997-98.

New build affordable homes built in rural areas

Number

1997-98

10,050

1998-99

8,910

1999-2000

7,800

2000-01

7,200

2001-02

7,520

2002-03

7,340

2003-04

8,310

2004-05

9,170

2005-06

11,180

2006-07

11,930

2007-08

14,550

Source:

Homes and Communities Agency Investment Management System (IMS), and local authority returns to CLG.

Note:

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 2007-08, a total of 16,760 additional affordable homes were provided in rural areas in England (new build and acquisitions).

Total affordable housing supply statistics for 2008-09 will be released by CLG in December 2009.

These figures reflect the delivery of affordable housing in the 178 local authorities defined as rural by the DEFRA Rural Definition (2004).