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Yvette Cooper: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister does not require houses to be built but rather directs local authorities to make housing provision in statutory planning documents detailed as follows.
The numbers of council dwellings reported as sold under the Right to Buy scheme by each local authority in Gloucestershire up to the end of 200304 are as follows:
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|Forest of Dean||2,805|
Yvette Cooper: Local authorities in England report the numbers of households on their housing waiting list (excluding tenants awaiting a transfer) as at 1 April in their annual Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix return. Local authorities sometimes maintain a common waiting list with the housing association/s in their district. However, information is not held centrally where a housing association maintains a separate waiting list to the local authority.
|Local authority||Number of households|
|Forest of Dean||2,164|
Mr. Drew: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many house completions of (a) social housing and (b) affordable housing there were in each local authority area in Gloucestershire in the last year for which figures are available. 
|Social housing dwellings provided||Affordable housing dwellings provided|
|Forest of Dean||16||1|
Jim Fitzpatrick: My right hon. Friend the Minister of Communities and Local Government was appointed to support my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister across the full range of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's activities.
Yvette Cooper: Latest available statistics for 2001 from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's generalised land use database (GLUD) for England show that 757,500 acres (306,500 hectares) of England lies under roads.
Mr. Woolas: No decisions have yet been made on the allocation of over £1 billion of new Neighbourhood Renewal Fund (NRF) resources for the period 200608. The Government is carefully examining the options available, in the light of responses to the recent consultation. An announcement on the allocations will be made as soon as possible once we have completed our consideration.
Mr. Woolas: Following publication of the discussion document "Citizen Engagement and Public Services: Why Neighbourhoods Matter" on 31 January 2005 which indicated the Government's intention to seek to remove the existing barrier on urban parishes in London, our manifesto commits us to extend the right to establish parish councils to London communities.
The Government provides financial assistance for a range of town/city centre regeneration initiatives, and this forms a key part of the work of English Partnerships, the Government's national regeneration agency, in pursuance of the Sustainable
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Communities Plan. English Partnerships is committed to the provision of mixed-use development rather than single use: the need for facilities, including retail, to support sustainable communities is recognised and retail provision is factored into many of its projects, including at the local level. The extent of funding availability from English Partnerships will depend on specific local circumstances and whether a particular project accords with English Partnerships' corporate priorities.
The redevelopment of derelict retail precincts would in general terms be eligible for support from the Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) Single Programme (including Single Regeneration Budget). The appropriate regional development agency should be approached in the first instance: again, funding availability will depend on specific circumstances and the fit with RDA priorities.
The Government also supports the introduction of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) to assist the delivery of high-quality town centre regeneration and enhance existing business environments, although this is not through large-scale capital funding. Government funding, together with assistance from private sector partners, has been provided through the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for the BIDs pilot research project, which looked to test the BIDs concepts in a number of locations around the UK. BIDs do not relate solely to retail centres, but many town and local centres do include a large retail element.
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