Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department has set aside for gap funding for large-scale voluntary housing transfers in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10; how many applications have been made in 2008-09 to date; and by which authorities and for how much in each case. 
Mr. Iain Wright: We expect that gap funding grant payments of up to £120 million will be made to registered social landlords (RSLs) in support of large scale voluntary transfers in 2008-09. Gap funding grant letters for 2009-10 have yet to be issued, and there are a number of schemes that require a review to take place in accordance with gap funding grant terms. The outcome of these will determine the amount required to be set aside.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment she has made of the effect on the regeneration plans at Harlow of building a proposed eco-town at north-east Elsenham; 
Mr. Iain Wright: As set out in the written statement on eco-towns on 4 November 2008, Official Report, column 10WS, we have published an Eco-towns Sustainability Report (SA). This has been carried out by Scott Wilson and evaluates the likely impact of proposals, including north-east Elsenham, on the environment, local economy and community. Copies of the SA will be deposited in the House Library shortly and are available on the Department's website at:
|Rough sleepers in England
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local housing companies there are; where each is established; how many houses each has built to date; how many each plans to build; and in each case what proportion of the total will be available for rent. 
Mr. Iain Wright: The local housing company (LHC) model is being developed through the pilot programme of 14 local authorities, which is being led by English Partnerships, the national regeneration agency. The pilots are based in Leeds, Sheffield, Wakefield, Nottingham, Newcastle, Sunderland, Dacorum, Harlow, Peterborough, Bristol, Plymouth, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Barking and Dagenham.
The programme will provide the basis for assessing the scope for individual local authorities to set up LHCs, as well as the range of benefits that they may be able to secure for their local communities, such as increased housing provision across a range of tenures and wider regeneration benefits. We anticipate that the first LHC will be established as a result of the programme in the near future.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the cost to (a) local authorities and (b) registered social landlords of building housing for rent; and what estimate she has made of the cost of borrowing to finance such building in each case. 
Mr. Iain Wright: Through the Housing Corporation's affordable housing programme for 2007-08 the average total scheme cost was £150,200 for a social rented unit of which £59,700 was social housing grant. The remainder of the total cost is generally covered by borrowing or through registered social landlords' own resources. We have made no estimates on the costs of borrowing to finance the building of these homes.
Mr. Iain Wright: The following table shows the number of new affordable homes built in England by registered social landlords (RSLs) for each year since 1997-98. The figures include social rent and intermediate affordable new build homes; they exclude acquisitions.
|New homes built by registered social landlords in England
|New homes built by RSLs
Housing Corporation Investment Management System (IMS).
Not all RSL housing is provided by new build completions as some supply can come from acquisitions. In 2006-07, an additional 5,500 RSL homes in England were provided by acquisitions which are not included in the aforementioned figure.
Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new build homes constructed by registered social landlords were made available for rental by social tenants in each year since 1997. 
|New homes built for social rent by registered social landlords in England
|New homes built by RSLs for social rent
Housing Corporation Investment Management System (IMS)
Not all RSL social rented housing is provided by new build completions as some supply can come from acquisitions. In 2006-07, an additional 2,360 social rented homes in England were provided by RSL acquisitions which are not included in the aforementioned figure.
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of households are in (a) social housing and (b) the private rented sector in each of the principal seaside towns in England. 
Mr. Iain Wright: Table 19 on page 50 of the report England's Seaside TownsA Benchmarking Study, published by CLG in early November, shows the percentage of households that were in (a) social housing and (b) the private rented sector in each of the 37 principal seaside towns in England in 2001. This is the most up to date information on housing tenure for the seaside towns. The report can be found at:
|Table 19: Tenure in England's principal seaside towns, 2001 (ranked by owner occupation rate)
|Percentage of households
|Private rented sector
Census of Population