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Empty Homes

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many empty homes there are (a) in England and (b) in each county or metropolitan district; and what each represents as percentage of housing stock. [72282]

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Mr. McNulty: The number of empty homes in England at 1 April 2001 (latest data available) was 755,100. This figure represents 3.5 per cent. of all housing stock.

The number of empty homes in each county, unitary or metropolitan district at 1 April 2001 is shown in the table. Also given is the percentage of housing stock the vacant dwellings represent.

Region/county/local authorityTotal number of vacant dwellingsPercentage of stock vacant
North East
Metropolitan districts
Gateshead3,2203.7
Newcastle upon Tyne3,7673.1
North Tyneside3,8144.2
South Tyneside2,5783.8
Sunderland4,9344.0
Unitary authorities
Hartlepool1,7084.3
Middlesbrough1,9773.4
Redcar and Cleveland2,8224.6
Stockton-on-Tees3,0464.0
Darlington2,0954.8
Counties
County Durham11,3415.1
Northumberland(26)(26)
North West
Metropolitan districts
Bolton4,6434.1
Bury1,2991.6
Manchester17,0818.8
Oldham3,3623.6
Rochdale4,8175.4
Salford5,5435.5
Stockport4,2553.5
Tameside(26)(26)
Trafford2,3862.6
Wigan5,1463.9
Knowsley2,7004.0
Liverpool18,7349.1
Sefton4,4333.6
St. Helens(26)(26)
Wirral6,4934.6
Unitary authorities
Halton1,8423.6
Warrington1,4251.8
Blackburn with Darwen4,3747.5
Blackpool3,4985.2
Counties
Cheshire(26)(26)
Cumbria8,5403.8
Lancashire23,4624.7
Yorkshire and Humberside
Metropolitan districts
Barnsley4,6024.8
Doncaster6,0864.7
Rotherham(26)(26)
Sheffield11,9805.3
Bradford9,9805.0
Calderdale5,3826.1
Kirklees5,7983.5
Leeds14,3384.6
Wakefield5,1973.8
Unitary authorities
East Riding of Yorkshire4,5163.3
Kingston upon Hull8,3887.3
North East Lincolnshire3,3034.8
North Lincolnshire2,5113.8
York3,0623.9
Counties
North Yorkshire11,0444.4
East Midlands
Unitary authorities
Derby4,4704.5
Leicester6,5855.6
Rutland5433.9
Nottingham City3,3282.8
Counties
Derbyshire10,9193.4
Leicestershire(26)(26)
Lincolnshire(26)(26)
Northamptonshire8,1293.1
Nottinghamshire10,6093.3
West Midlands
Metropolitan districts
Birmingham21,5385.3
Coventry4,8073.8
Dudley3,1912.5
Sandwell4,5423.7
Solihull8911.1
Walsall4,1783.9
Wolverhampton5,4245.3
Unitary authorities
Herefordshire2,3753.2
Telford and Wrekin2,2473.6
Stoke-on-Trent6,1415.7
Counties
Hereford and Worcester4,9412.2
Shropshire4,2113.5
Staffordshire(26)(26)
Warwickshire(26)(26)
East
Unitary authorities
Luton2,4563.4
Peterborough2,5173.6
Southend-on-Sea1,8892.5
Thurrock1,9813.4
Counties
Bedfordshire3,8152.4
Cambridgeshire(26)(26)
Essex(26)(26)
Hertfordshire(26)(26)
Norfolk(26)(26)
Suffolk(26)(26)
London
Metropolitan districts
Barking and Dagenham1,3292.0
Barnet3,1532.3
Bexley1,9822.1
Brent5,5045.3
Bromley4,3183.3
Camden4,3354.7
City of London310.6
Croydon4,4013.2
Ealing2,4492.1
Enfield(26)(26)
Greenwich3,0583.3
Hackney3,2543.8
Hammersmith and Fulham4,5575.9
Haringey4,8155.1
Harrow1,2181.5
Havering2,7022.9
Hillingdon2,5112.5
Hounslow1,0501.2
Islington 3,2373.8
Kensington and Chelsea6,0676.9
Kingston upon Thames(26)(26)
Lambeth2,5722.1
Lewisham4,0253.5
Merton2,1142.8
Newham5,1025.5
Redbridge(26)(26)
Richmond upon Thames1,7572.3
Southwark6,3675.6
Sutton2,2382.9
Tower Hamlets5,4296.6
Waltham Forest2,7392.9
Wandsworth2,0791.7
Westminster2,9572.7
South East
Unitary authorities
Bracknell Forest8011.8
Reading2,2213.8
Slough5751.3
West Berkshire1,5962.7
Windsor and Maidenhead8651.5
Wokingham1,1391.9
Milton Keynes2,2592.6
Brighton and Hove2,1671.8
Portsmouth1,6752.1
Southampton4,4115.0
Isle of Wight1,9693.2
The Medway Towns2,6872.6
Counties
Buckinghamshire3,9532.1
East Sussex10,0004.4
Hampshire(26)(26)
Kent(26)(26)
Oxfordshire5,3552.2
Surrey(26)(26)
West Sussex(26)(26)
South West
Unitary authorities
Bath and North East Somerset5500.8
Bristol6,1683.6
North Somerset3,0153.8
South Gloucestershire1,8421.8
Plymouth4,5084.3
Torbay3550.6
Bournemouth4,1205.4
Poole 2,1513.5
Swindon1,8262.3
Counties
Cornwall5,0352.2
Devon15,9705.1
Dorset3,8432.2
Gloucestershire(26)(26)
Somerset(26)(26)
Wiltshire5,1312.8

(26) Unknown (missing or only partial data provided by one or more local authorities within a county).

Sources:

ODPM's 2001 Housing Strategy statistical appendix returns and Housing Corporation's 2001 Regulatory and Statistical Return (RSR).


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Sustainable Communities

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what changes will take place to the planned total house numbers in each county or unitary authority as a result of his statement on sustainable communities; and how many houses there were in each in 1997. [72285]

Mr. McNulty: We expect all local authorities to deliver the housing strategy set out in regional planning guidance. We will work with regional and local partners in the four growth areas identified in regional planning guidance for the South East to accelerate the proposals for significant growth. Information on the number of dwellings is given in the Department's Annual Housing Investment Programme Operational Information return submitted by local authorities. A copy of this information is held in the Library of the House of Commons.

Access for Disabled People

Mr. Wiggin: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the Government proposes to amend Part M of the Building Regulations relating to access for disabled people; and if he will make a statement. [72303]

Mr. Leslie: My officials, with the assistance of the Building Regulations Advisory Committee, have been preparing proposals for amendments to Part M of the Building Regulations relating to access for disabled people. The proposals for public consultation will be published during the summer recess. Copies will be placed in the Libraries of the House, and the document will be available online on the website of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, and in hard copy on request. The document will be available in a range of formats to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities.


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