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New build registered social landlord and council dwellings only make up part of the affordable supply; the remainder being acquired by registered social landlords. In 2005-06, acquisitions by registered social landlords numbered 11,834, taking the total affordable housing provision to 44,861.

Housing: Energy

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects the national calculation methodology for delivering the energy performance of buildings to be made available; and when it will be included within the building regulations. [150928]

Mr. Iain Wright: The Notice of Approval of methodologies for calculating the energy performance of buildings (approved for the purposes of regulation 17A of the Building Regulations) was published on 11 May 2007. Methodologies are available or are in the process of being developed for different types of building and application. A complete set of calculation methodologies is expected to be available in the autumn.


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Housing: Essex

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of (a) local authority, (b) housing association, (c) private sector and (d) all housing in (i) Castle Point and (ii) Essex was judged to be unfit in each year since 2002. [150066]


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Mr. Iain Wright: The percentage of (a) local authority, (b) housing association, (c) private sector and (d) all housing in (i) Castle Point and (ii) Essex, judged to be unfit in each year since 2002 is given in the following table. The data are as reported by local authorities.

Table 1: Percentage of unfit dwellings within each tenure and all housing, as reported by local authorities
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Castle Point Essex Castle Point Essex Castle Point Essex Castle Point Essex Castle Point Essex

(a) LA

2.1

3.4

0

0.1

0

0.0

0

0.5

0

0.6

(b) HA

0

0.1

0

0.1

0

0.1

0

0.2

0

0.6

(c) Private Sector

5.5

3.2

5.2

3.2

4.1

2.7

4.5

2.1

2.0

2.8

(d) Total

5.3

2.6

4.9

2.3

1.4

4.2

1.7

1.9

2.4

Source:
Communities and Local Government Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix return (HSSA).

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her most recent estimate is of the average rent levels in Essex for (a) council, (b) housing association and (c) private rented accommodation. [150067]

Mr. Iain Wright: The average weekly rent in Essex as at 31 March 2006 for (a) council and (b) housing association is £62.29 and £75.01 respectively. Information on average rent in (c) private rented accommodation in Essex is not available, although at regional level, the average monthly rent in the East of England is £530 per month.

Average weekly rents by local authority district are published for (a) the local authority sector and (b) the registered social landlord sector on the Communities and Local Government website in tables 702 and 704 respectively. The links for these tables are given as follows:

Information on (c) average rent paid by private renters in Essex is not available. This information is available by region on the Communities and Local Government website in table 734. The link for this table is given as follows:

Housing: Hampshire

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what land holdings disposals were made by each council district, unitary and county council area in Hampshire between 1997 and 2006 which have been built on for housing; and what percentage of housing was affordable. [149951]

Mr. Iain Wright: The depth of information requested by the hon. Member is not kept centrally by Government Departments. I would suggest that he direct this enquiry to the local planning authorities for the areas in which he is interested.

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what land is planned to be disposed of by each council district, unitary and county council in Hampshire between 2007 and 2011; how many houses are expected to be built; and what percentage is expected to be affordable housing. [149952]

Mr. Iain Wright: The information requested by the hon. Member is not kept centrally by Government Departments. I would suggest that he direct this enquiry to the local planning authorities for the areas in which he is interested. Future figures on affordable housing are determined by local planning authorities who have a range of affordable housing policies in place with a variable threshold and percentage sought for affordable housing.

Housing: Hazardous Substances

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on separation distances between sites with potential for major accidents and residential areas in common usage among major international comparators; and if she will make a statement. [150808]

Mr. Iain Wright: The Department has commissioned no research on separation distances between sites with the potential for major accident hazards and residential use.

It is for local planning authorities to determine whether development should be allowed in the vicinity of sites with the potential for major accident hazards.

Local planning authorities are notified by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) of a consultation distance around such sites and they must take account of the HSE's advice of the level of risk for any development proposed with this area.

HSE reviews consultation distances around these sites in the light of new information about the risks such sites present, including information obtained by evaluation of accidents in other countries.


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Housing: Immigration

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her most recent assessment is of the likely impact of net immigration on housing demand in England over the next 20 years; and what assessments have been made of this impact in each year since 1997. [142053]

Mr. Iain Wright: The 2004 based household projections show that the biggest factor contributing to household growth is an increasing tendency for people to live alone.

Since 1997, Communities and Local Government have released three sets of household projections that included an assessment of the impact of migration on household formation.

2004 based household projections: Released March 2007

These project the formation of 223,000 additional households each year between 2004 and 2026 of which 73,000 (33 per cent.) are attributable to net migration into England.

2003 based household projections: Released March 2006

These projected the formation of 209,000 additional households each year between 2003 and 2026 of which 65,000 (31 per cent.) were attributable to net migration into England.

1996 based household projections: Released October 1999

These projected the formation of 150,000 additional households each year between 2001 and 2021 of which 38,000 (26 per cent.) were attributable to net migration into England.

Housing: Low Incomes

Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of all planning permissions granted (a) for part or full residential developments and (b) for all homes in each planning authority in the Government zone of the south-west in each of the last 10 years for which records are available were for affordable homes. [148368]

Mr. Iain Wright: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given today, (UIN 148447).

Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by what mechanism she monitors local planning authority decisions on affordable housing in Cornwall. [148447]

Mr. Iain Wright [holding answer 9 July 2007]: The Secretary of State monitors housing projects where registered social landlords are or will be involved, through local housing authorities returns. This will include most projects which include affordable housing, but not necessarily all, because private sector developers may also plan to build units of affordable housing. She does not monitor planning decisions for affordable housing as such. Local authorities monitor the actual delivery of affordable housing in their annual monitoring reports which are published and submitted to the Secretary of State. In Penwith district
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31 affordable houses were built in 2005-06, 10 per cent. of the total new houses built. In Kerrier district, 22 affordable houses were built in 2005-06, 9 per cent. of the new houses built.

Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2007, Official Report, column 1340W, on housing: low incomes, what the (a) estimated and (b) actual (i) costs and (ii) receipts of the Design for Manufacture competition have been to English Partnerships, broken down by type; and if she will make a statement. [149608]

Mr. Iain Wright [holding answer 16 July 2007]: This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 15 June 2007, Official Report, column 1340W, on housing: low incomes, how many affordable homes are being built across the 10 new mixed communities developments, broken down by (a) development site and (b) type of tenure; and if she will make a statement. [149609]

Mr. Iain Wright [holding answer 16 July 2007]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Member for Pontefract and Castleford (Yvette Cooper) on 26 June 2007 to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) Official Report, column 628W. Each of the 10 sites included in the Design for Manufacture competition will include a high proportion of affordable homes of different tenures, such as social rent or homes available for share equity purchase.

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new social housing units were built in the last (a) one, (b) two and (c) five years. [149654]

Mr. Iain Wright [holding answer 16 July 2007]: The numbers of homes built for social rent, in England, in the last one, two and five years are tabulated in the following table. Not all social rent housing supply is through new build completions; supply can also come from the acquisition and refurbishment of private sector homes. For completeness the numbers of social rent homes provided through the acquisition and refurbishment of market properties are also shown.

Social rent housing s upply: England
1 April to 31 March New build Acquisitions Total supply

2005-06 (one year)

20,912

2,437

23,349

2004-06 (two years)

39,315

5,051

44,366

2001-06 (five years)

93,785

23,944

117,729

Source:
Statistical returns from local authorities. Housing Corporation

Mr. Henderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirements her Department makes of local authorities wishing to renegotiate section 106 agreements. [149851]


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Mr. Iain Wright: Planning obligations (also known as section 106 agreements), may be discharged or modified by agreement between the local planning authority and all the persons against whom they are enforceable, or by application to the local planning authority after five years.

The powers for modifying and discharging planning obligations are contained in sections 106A and 106B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

Requirements placed on local planning authorities for the handling of applications are set out in the Town and Country Planning (Modification and Discharge of Planning Obligations) Regulations 1992 (SI 1992/2832).

These regulations require that local planning authorities publicise applications, including making available for inspection the relevant part of the instrument which created the obligation; invite and consider representations from the public; give clear and precise reasons for their decision; and inform applicants of their right of appeal.

Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the sites being considered by the Government for release for development of affordable homes include sites owned by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. [152020]


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