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Housing: Waiting Lists

Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households were on waiting lists for housing in each London borough in each of the last three years for which figures are available. [180906]

Mr. Iain Wright: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to my right hon. Friend the Member for Oldham, West and Royton (Mr. Meacher) on 13 November 2007, Official Report, column 116W.

Local Authorities: Grants

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 29 October 2007, Official Report, columns 667-68W, on local authorities: grants, what the grant per capita to each local authority was in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08; and what the average grant per capita to (i) district councils, (ii) unitary councils, (iii) county councils, (iv) metropolitan councils and (v) London boroughs was in (A) 2006-07 and (B) 2007-08. [180197]

John Healey: I have placed in the Library of the House a table showing the information on central Government grant per capita for each local authority in 2006-07 and budget estimates for 2007-08.

The average central Government grant per capita by class of authority in 2006-07 and budget estimates for 2007-08 is in the following table.

£ per head
Class of authority 2006-07 2007-08

District councils

91

90

Unitary councils

1,085

1,109

County councils

800

833

Metropolitan councils

1,288

1,316

London boroughs (including City of London)

1,359

1,402

Source: Communities and Local Government Revenue Outturn (RO) 2006-07 returns and Revenue Account (RA) 2007-08 budget estimates returns.

Central Government grant is defined here as the sum of formula grant (revenue support grant, police grant, general GLA grant and redistributed non-domestic rates) and specific grants inside Aggregate External Finance (AEF), i.e. revenue grants paid for councils’ core services.

Figures exclude grants outside AEF (i.e. where funding is not for authorities' core services, but is passed to a third party; for example, rent allowances and rebates), capital grants, funding for the local authorities' housing management responsibilities and those grant programmes (such as European funding) where authorities are simply one of the recipients of funding paid towards an area.

Per capita figures for 2006-07 and 2007-08 are based on Office for National Statistics' (ONS) 2006 Mid-Year Population estimates. 2007 Mid-Year Population estimates are not published yet.

Comparisons across years may not be valid due to changing local authority responsibilities.

Local Government Finance: Disabled

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2007, Official Report, column 148W, on local government finance: disabled, when she expects to make an announcement on funding for the disabled facilities grant. [177236]

Mr. Iain Wright: Further to the announcement on 6 December of the national funding for Disabled Facilities Grant programme of £146 million for 2008-09, individual local authority allocations are currently being calculated. Government offices are due to submit their recommendations for ministerial approval shortly. Additionally the Government announced an extra £11.5 million for the Disabled Facilities Grant programme for 2007-08 on 14 January, individual local authority allocations for 2007-08 can be viewed on the following link:

Minister for the South East

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on the work undertaken by the Regional Minister for the South East since his appointment; and what towns he has visited since appointment. [182071]


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Mr. Dhanda: My hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Jonathan Shaw), in his role as Regional Minister for the South East, has acted as a champion for the region, with particular focus on housing and skills issues and on taking forward the sub-national review of economic development and regeneration in the best way for the region. My hon. Friend has held meetings with and visited key stakeholders to encourage coordination between different areas of government policy and discuss the unique requirements of the South East region. During the recent floods and animal health crises, my hon. Friend visited farms in affected areas across the region.

My hon. Friend has visited the following towns in the South East in his capacity as Regional Minister: Newhaven, Hastings, Reading, Newbury, Thatcham, Cranbrook, Winslow, Guildford, Portsmouth, Aylesbury, East Mailing, Lymington, Winchester, Leatherhead, Folkestone, Ramsgate, Dover, Elstead, Icklesham and Hungerford.

Out of Town Shopping Centres: Carbon Emissions

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her review of Policy Planning Statement 6 on planning for town centres will include an assessment of (a) the effect on levels of carbon emissions and (b) the effect on small shops of permitting out-of-town retail development. [182219]

Mr. Iain Wright: We will shortly conduct a 12-week consultation on our proposals to review Planning Policy Statement 6: Planning for Town Centres (PPS6). As explained in the Planning White Paper, “Planning for a Sustainable Future”, our objectives for this review include the continued support for the Government's environmental goals, and the promotion of competition and improvement of consumer choice. The consultation will invite views on our proposals, including these two issues.

The Planning White Paper also made clear that planning has an important role to play in meeting the challenges of climate change. That is why, at the end of 2007, we published a new Planning Policy Statement (PPS): Planning and Climate Change, which makes cutting carbon emissions a key Government priority for the planning system in England. The PPS sets out how planning can help secure enduring progress against the UK's emissions targets, by direct influence on energy use and emissions, and in bringing together and encouraging action by others. As part of this contribution, planning authorities are expected to prepare and manage the delivery of spatial strategies that help secure the fullest possible use of sustainable transport and make the most of existing and planned opportunities for decentralised and renewable or low-carbon energy. This document should be read alongside our forthcoming consultation on revisions to PPS6.

Planning Permission

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which Minister in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister authorised the choice of pilot planning delivery agreement projects to be undertaken by the Planning Advisory Service and the advisory team on large applications. [182578]


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Mr. Iain Wright: Ministers were not involved in the selection of Pilots for Planning Delivery Agreements (PDAs, which have since been renamed to Planning Performance Agreements). The Pilot programme was managed by the Planning Advisory Service and all nominations put forward by local authorities and developers were accepted on to the programme. The Planning Advisory Service is part of the Improvement and Development Agency.

Planning Permission: Appeals

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many appeals to the planning inspectorate led to the local planning authority paying costs in each region in England in each of the last five years; and what costs were paid in each case. [181862]

Mr. Iain Wright [holding answer 24 January 2008]: Over the last 5 years 1,663 appeals led to local planning authorities being liable to pay costs, following awards made against them by inspectors and the Secretary of State.

The breakdown by financial year is:

Number

2002-03

307

2003-04

352

2004-05

338

2005-06

304

2006-07

362


No further detail of authorities by regions is readily available.

The actual amount to be paid is not determined by a costs award. This is for the parties to settle by negotiation initially in accordance with longstanding Government guidance contained in DOE Circular 8/93. Accordingly, no records are available of costs paid in each case.

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning inspectorate site visits had not taken place 12 months after the date an appeal was lodged in each of the last five years. [181863]

Mr. Iain Wright [holding answer 24 January 2008]: The following table shows the numbers of planning appeals lodged (received) in England and determined by the Planning Inspectorate for the five-year period 2002 to 2006, where a site visit was carried out, together with the number of appeals where a site visit had not taken place 12 months after the appeal was lodged.


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Appeals lodged where a site visit was carried out Number of site visits not taken place 12 months after appeal lodged

2002

12,150

10

2003

14,192

18

2004

17,786

66

2005

15,329

77

2006

17,200

26

Note: Data for 2007 has not been included as a proportion of the appeals lodged in that year are still to be allocated site visits and the period of a year from receipt has only been reached for those appeals lodged in January 2007.

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many appeals were (a) lodged with the planning inspectorate and (b) successful in each region of England in each of the last five years. [181864]

Mr. Iain Wright [holding answer 24 January 2008]: The following table provides the information requested.


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Received Decided Allowed

2003

East Midlands

1,252

1,080

339

East of England

2,653

2,309

740

London

3,912

3,407

1,199

North East

516

478

178

North West

1,672

1,473

566

South East

4,995

4,419

1,435

South West

2,805

2,392

775

West Midlands

1,509

1,347

460

Yorkshire and Humberside

1,279

1,164

359

Total

20,593

18,069

6,051

2004

East Midlands

1,700

1,112

354

East of England

3,128

2,048

625

London

4,365

2,874

1,007

North East

741

465

167

North West

2,282

1,481

554

South East

5,988

3,868

1,320

South West

3,301

2,295

745

West Midlands

1,981

1,331

456

Yorkshire and Humberside

1,650

1,034

355

Total

25,136

16,508

5,583

2005

East Midlands

1,399

1,500

461

East of England

2,560

2,783

850

London

3,634

3,872

1,415

North East

525

692

239

North West

1,630

1,897

660

South East

4,993

5,336

1,784

South West

2,957

3,054

971

West Midlands

1,697

1,759

614

Yorkshire and Humberside

1,372

1,476

440

Total

20,767

22,369

7,434

2006

East Midlands

1,438

1,270

425

East of England

3,007

2,596

851

London

4,148

3,510

1,319

North East

587

466

185

North West

1,618

1,463

542

South East

5,473

4,712

1,525

South West

3,088

2,735

849

West Midlands

1,846

1,609

588

Yorkshire and Humberside

1,850

1,493

468

Total

23,055

19,854

6,752

2007

East Midlands

1,357

1,278

472

East of England

2,790

2,712

922

London

3,878

3,724

1,410

North East

577

590

220

North West

1,514

1,446

549

South East

5,294

4,854

1,714

South West

2,907

2,685

867

West Midlands

1,544

1,545

575

Yorkshire and Humberside

1,769

1,702

602

Total

21,630

20,536

7,331


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