Supplementary memorandum by Department
for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (ERF 17(b))
Q419: in our evidence, we said that the Department's
guidance to RDAs and EP on the PIP replacement schemes are on
the Department's website. In fact, as this is internal guidance,
it has not been placed on the DTLR website. It is open to RDAs
to put their advice on using the schemes on their websites. The
guidance which was jointly produced with RICS (referred to at
Q368) is available on their website and was widely publicised
through a series of regional seminars in which we participated.
The guidance was posted in July last year and can be found at
the RICS website: www.rics.org.
Q432: RDAs do not record their projects in this
way. Outputs are recorded in one or more of four categories: brownfield
land reclaimed; jobs created/safeguarded; new/refurbished floorspace;
new and refurbished housing. The attached table displays RDA expenditure
under the Land and Property programme in 2001-02 and information
on outputs achieved in that year. A copy of the Monitoring Framework
for the RDA's Single Pot this year is also enclosed for information.
RDAs are required to obtain Government approval before investing
in projects which involve the use of greenfield land. RDAs are
involved in the development of very few greenfield sites, there
were only seven requests for approval to develop greenfield land
Q467: we have asked the RDAs to let us have
their analysis of the impact of the PIP decision. This should
be available at the beginning of June. The consultancy work which
was referred to in this supplementary memorandum and in evidence
is actually being carried out by English Partnerships who have
expert knowledge of the land development approach used in Germany
and other countries. This report will be ready by the end of June.
Separately, we intend to commission a wider consultancy to look
at all of the different schemes which are being operated by other
Q507: I can confirm that the heritage scheme
will cover local authorities.
Q516: The Scottish Homes GRO scheme was notified
on 9 July 2001 and approved on 13 November. The Risk Capital Guidelines
were approved on 21 August 2001.
We do not normally provide copies of our notifications
to the Select Committee as they are formal communications between
a Member State and the Commission, however, I am enclosing a short
note which describes the purpose of the scheme. Turning to your
the new scheme will not be restricted
to predominantly residential areas. It will be available for use
in any area where market failure causes the cost of provision
to exceed the forecast end value of the development;
the new scheme only applies to housing
developments. It will not cover mixed-use projects;
it will be possible to use the housing
scheme and the two existing gap funding schemes together in Assisted
Areas in two ways:
(a) by splitting a project into two parts.
One part will involve the provision of commercial and business
premises which will be supported under the gap funding schemes
while the second partthe housing elementwill be
taken forward under the housing gap funding scheme;
(b) by taking forward the development
of housing and business premises as one single project, which
would then be subject to the Aid Intensity Ceilings (35 per cent
in Tier 1, 10-20 per cent in Tier 2).
Apart from other Government departments, we
consulted the Regional Development Agencies, Government Offices
and English Partnerships on the housing gap funding scheme before
it was notified to the Commission.
RDA LAND AND PROPERTY EXPENDITURE AND OUTPUTS
|Expenditure (£ millions)
||NW||Total (excluding LDA)
The expenditure figures are on accruals (RAB) basis (except the LDA which only operates on a cash basis).
OUPUTS ATTRIBUTED TO THE LAND AND PROPERTY PROGRAMME IN
||Total (RDAs and LDAs)
|Brownfield Land Reclaimed (Ha)||42
|New/Refurbished Floorspace (sqm)||44,039
|HousingNew/ Refurbished/ Facilitated (units)
1.The RDAs are still in the process of collating their final figures, in particular for use in their forthcoming Annual Reports. Therefore, these figures may be subject to change in due course
2.EMDA and SEEDA are currently able to provide a figure only for the brownfield land output category.