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Householder Development Consents Review

Mr. Kidney: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will ensure that the Householder Development Consents review will clarify the position on permitted development rights for domestic micro-generation equipment. [33473]

Yvette Cooper: The Householder Development Consents review has been considering whether it is necessary to require a planning application for various kinds of minor development to dwellings. As stated to the House on 11 November, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister envisages consulting next year on possible amendments to the General Permitted Development Order, including provisions that would make it easier for householders to install micro-generation equipment.

Housing

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people are on the housing list waiting to be re-housed in Tamworth. [32030]

Yvette Cooper: I refer my hon. Friend to the answergiven on 28 November 2005, Official Report, column 205W, in which the number of applicants on the Tamworth housing waiting list was requested.

Local authorities in England report the numbers of households on their housing waiting list as at 1 April in their annual Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix returns. Households looking for transfer within the local authority's stock are not included.
 
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Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many vacant dwellings there were in (a) Tamworth and (b) Staffordshire in each of the last five years (i) in total and (ii) as a proportion of all dwellings. [32032]

Yvette Cooper: The following table gives the latest available figures for the total number of vacant dwellings and the proportion of vacant dwellings for Tamworth and Staffordshire for each of the last five years. From April 2006 local authorities in Staffordshire will have new powers to bring long-term empty dwellings back into use.
Tamworth
Staffordshire total
Total empty homesEmpty as percentage of all propertiesTotal empty homesEmpty as percentage of all properties
April 20005701.94(12)(12)
April 20016202.09(12)(12)
November 2002
480
1.608,7012.5
November 2003
512
1.707,8722.3
November 2004
499
1.658.9132.6


(12)Not available, since figures were not provided by all local authorities.
Source:
2000 and 2001 figures come from a combination of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix (HSSA) return, and the Housing Corporation's Regulatory Statistical Return (RSR). For the years 2002 to 2004 the figures are based on ODPM's Council Tax Base 1 (CTB1) return.



Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister in what circumstances, and after how long an interval local authorities are allowed to re-ballot tenants who have previously voted against a large-scale voluntary transfer of council housing. [32341]

Yvette Cooper: The timing and circumstances surrounding any decision to re-ballot tenants are matters for the local authority.

Sarah Teather: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment his Department has made of the merits of extending the National Code for Sustainable Buildings to all new housing developments; what estimate he has made of the likely cost to the housing industry of such an extension; and if he will make a statement. [33304]

Yvette Cooper: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is currently consulting on a proposed new code. The consultation document includes a regulatory impact assessment as is customary.

Colin Challen: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many new houses were built in the last accounting period; and how many of these were built to Ecohomes standards, broken down by Ecohomes category. [34482]

Yvette Cooper: There were 155,000 new dwellings built in England during 2004–05, as reported by local authorities (P2 return to the Office of the Deputy Prime
 
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Minister) and the National House-Building Council. Information on how many of these were built to Ecohomes standards in not available centrally, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Holloway: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people in Gravesham are waiting to be found suitable accommodation by the local authority while living in accommodation judged unacceptable by social services. [34666]

Yvette Cooper: Gravesham borough council have provided details of three individuals that are waiting to be found suitable accommodation by the local authority, and are currently in accommodation deemed unsuitable by social services. These cases are being addressed during December 2005.

Further information of this nature can be readily accessed by contacting the housing needs team at Gravesham borough council.
 
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John Battle: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer to the right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Field) of 31 October 2005, Official Report, column 760W, on housing, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Right to Buy on the number of households on Leeds housing waiting lists; and if he will make a statement. [35249]

Yvette Cooper: No such assessment has been made. It is for each housing authority to manage its stock in the light of local circumstances.

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the latest figures are for the number of vacant (a) private and (b) public properties in each local authority in Hampshire; and if he will make a statement. [33991]

Yvette Cooper: The most recent data for the total number of vacant dwellings by tenure and by district in Hampshire are tabled as follows:
Tenure
DistrictLocal authority (LA) 1 April 2005Registered social landlord 1 April 2005'Other' public sector 1 April 2005Private sector
(non RSL) residual
Total November 2004
Basingstoke and Deane04331,4511,497
East Hampshire0170871888
Eastleigh011109931,104
Fareham53102876941
Gosport582201,0201,100
Hart0190969988
Havant05736775868
New Forest589671,4151,549
Rushmore0167262474903
Test Valley05321762836
Winchester1041001,0141,128
Total27351839110,62011,802




Source:
The figures above are based on three sources: Total from ODPM's Council Tax Base 1 return; LA and 'Other' public sector tenures from ODPM's Housing Strategy Statistical return; RSL tenure from Housing Corporation's Regulatory Statistical Return; and the private sector (non-RSL) is obtained by subtracting all these three separate tenure figures from the total.



New powers will be available to local authorities in Hampshire to bring empty dwellings back into use from April 2006.

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many houses have been completed in each local authority in Hampshire in each year since 2001; how many of these were classified as affordable housing; what the projections are in each case for the next three years; and if he will make a statement. [33993]

Yvette Cooper: The number of affordable dwellings completed and acquired, as well as the total number of all new build dwellings completed in each local authority in Hampshire and Portsmouth and Southampton, in each financial year since 2001–02 are tabled as follows.
Table 1

2001–02
2002–03
2003–04
2004–05
Local authorityAffordable housing completionsTotal dwellings completedAffordable housing completionsTotal dwellings completedAffordable housing completionsTotal dwellings completedAffordable housing completionsTotal dwellings completed
Portsmouth2152271164063651285457
Southampton11043916171277573242792
Basingstoke and Deane537112055055740122729
East Hampshire38240191579339996443
Eastleigh1512227157144489201829
Fareham43293381952427057193
Gosport22260345564443118185
Hart63547348571516168531
Havant4216789121421977142
New Forest1555592748711148753504
Rushmoor511723010398137119491
Test Valley30453995441147361220
Winchester91286839756487359533




Sources:
Affordable housing completions—Housing Corporation (Approved development programme).
Total dwellings completed—Returns (P2) from local authorities to ODPM.





 
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Local authorities have provided, through the Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix, information on the additional number of affordable dwellings that are planned for 2005–06 and proposed for 2006–07. These figures are tabled as follows.
Table 2

Local authorityPlanned 2005–06Proposed 2006–07
Portsmouth379315
Southampton435251
Basingstoke and Deane
348
207
East Hampshire102150
Eastleigh110125
Fareham6060
Gosport5281
Hart149127
Havant147108
New Forest100100
Rushmore177130
Test Valley119103
Winchester14493




Source:
Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix



Mr. Hancock: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the target is of each local authority in Hampshire for the percentage of housing to be provided which is to be affordable housing; and if he will make a statement. [34173]

Yvette Cooper: Local authorities set out targets for affordable housing provision in their development plans. It is for individual local authorities to explain and make statements on their policy. The content of adopted and emerging plans in Hampshire is tabled as follows:
Local authorityPercentage sought
PortsmouthMinimum 30
SouthamptonUp to 25
Basingstoke and Deane30–40
East Hampshire(13)
Eastleigh30–40
Fareham20–35
Gosport40
Hart40
Havant30
New Forest35
Rushmoor15–30
Test Valley30
Winchester35


(13)Negotiated on a site by site basis.


Mr. Evans: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many affordable homes are planned to be built as part of the growth area programme in (a) Lancashire and (b) Ribble Valley constituency in each year to 2031. [35472]

Yvette Cooper: The current review of the Regional Spatial Strategy for the North West will address future housing provision in the region. It is up to local authorities to assess the need for affordable housing within their areas in their local development frameworks. The Housing Corporation is also considering bids from registered social landlords for resources to provide social housing up to 2008.
 
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Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the number of new households likely to be established in each government office region over the next 20 years. [33500]

Yvette Cooper: Interim 2002 based projections of additional households up to 2021 are published on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's website at:

Mr. Soames: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many vacant homes there are in (a) West Sussex, (b) the area covered by the South East plan and (c) the South East Region. [34034]

Yvette Cooper: The estimated number of vacant dwellings in West Sussex is 8,525. The area covered by the South East plan is the same as that covered by the South East region. The estimated number of vacant dwellings in that area is 97,804, including short term and long term empty homes.

The data are as at November 2004 and are as reported on CTB1 and CTB1S returns submitted by billing authorities to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister each year. The figure includes both long and short-term empty properties.

The Government are introducing new powers from April 2006 for local authorities to reduce the number of long-term empty homes in their area.

Simon Hughes: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what reports he has received of registered social landlords in London selling off social rented housing to finance Decent Homes Standard works to remaining stock. [33371]

Yvette Cooper [holding answer 30 November 2005]: Records of registered social landlords' (RSLs) applications for consent to dispose of housing stock, which include the reason for disposal, are maintained by the Housing Corporation. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister does not require formal reports on this information. Information provided by RSLs in their Regulatory and Statistical Returns (RSR) on the number of homes they have disposed of is publicly available on the RSR's website at: www.rsrsurvey.gov.uk .


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