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Social Landlords

Ms Buck: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many units were disposed of and what the total value was of disposals by registered social landlords in each year since 1997. [70275]

Mr. McNulty: The Housing Corporation advises that the number of units disposed of by registered social landlords (RSLs) during the past four years were as follows:


100 per cent. sales
Total right-to-buy sales4,5324,4147,2457,127
Total voluntary sales550370359213
Total outright sales5543171,0081,134
Total 100 per cent. sales5,6365,1018,6128,474
Estimated market value per sale49,30851,28856,66160,373
Estimated total value of 100 per cent. sales (£ million)277.9261.6488.0511.6
Partial sales and other disposals
Shared ownership: total sales of initial shares6,8876,2094,3923,718
Total demolitions1,6121,9613,3352,640


1. Sales and demolitions data are derived from the Housing Corporation's annual Regulatory and Statistical Return (RSR).

2. The estimated market values of 100 per cent. sales are derived from CORE (reported sales).

3. The value of the sale of initial shares sold under Shared Ownership schemes cannot easily be determined.

4. A monetary value cannot be associated with demolitions.

5. Sales under the Home Buy scheme are not reported on separately the RSR—but it is likely that they have been included in the Shared Ownership total.

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The market values of sales are "estimated" rather than "actual" because not all sales are reported in CORE. Consequently the average value derived from CORE may not be the actual average value of the total sales as reported in the RSR.

Buildings (Height Restrictions)

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what height restrictions there are on buildings in major cities throughout the UK. [72859]

Mr. McNulty: Within the plan-led system of development control, local development plans form the framework within which decisions on proposals for tall buildings are taken. A number of local authorities have, or are developing, policies on tall buildings.

Fire Safety Legislation

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans his Department has to introduce new fire safety legislation. [70777]

Mr. Leslie: We intend to publish shortly a consultation document giving details of our proposals to reform fire safety legislation by means of a Regulatory Reform Order under the Regulatory Reform Act 2001. The aim of the reform is to simplify, rationalise and consolidate fire safety law. It would provide for a risk-based approach to general fire safety allowing more efficient, effective enforcement by the fire service and other enforcing authorities. It would reduce the burden on business by removing the confusion caused by overlapping fire safety regimes. We hope to make the Order next year.

Single Housing Inspectorate

Dr. Cable: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much it will cost to set up and run the Single Housing Inspectorate; and if he will make a statement. [72510]

Mr. McNulty: As my right hon. Friend, the Deputy Prime Minister told the House on 18 July (column 441), he intends to establish a single housing inspectorate, building on the excellent work of the Audit Commission and the Housing Corporation. He said he would announce further details later in the year, in the light of discussion with key stakeholders.

English Partnerships

Mr. Pond: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he proposes to announce the outcome of stage 2 of the review of English Partnerships; and if he will make a statement. [73451]

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Mr. Leslie: I am today announcing the conclusion of stage two of the Review of English Partnerships.

English Partnerships will be a key player in the delivery of my new "living communities" agenda. As I announced in my Statement to the House on 18 July, I am instructing English Partnerships to use its new role to search out and deliver even more land for housing and sustainable urban development. I also want English Partnerships to help in regenerating those places most badly affected by abandonment and decay.

Stage one of the Review confirmed English Partnerships as having an important role as an agency for best practice regeneration and development of brownfield land. I am keen that it develops that role, and in particular, I am asking the organisation to draw up plans to meet the following objectives:

To bring about speedy development of new schemes that can help meet the objectives set out in my policy statement of 18 July. In particular, I am determined to see a step change in both the quantity and the quality of new development in those areas that are facing acute demand pressures. I am therefore today announcing an initial list of their sites on which I wish EP to concentrate, as shown in the table, and we will be consulting on the way forward for those sites. A further list of sites will be announced in the autumn.
2. To work closely with the Housing Corporation, and with other key agencies including the Regional Development Agencies (RDAs), to ensure effective co-ordination in the delivery of plans for key worker and affordable housing within the wider context of "living communities".
3. To advise on the efficient and effective development of surplus Government land and buildings that may help deliver new communities where most needed.
4. To help with the assembly of sites for regeneration and sustainable development purposes.
5. To produce and maintain a national brownfield strategy, to include best practice guidance in the assembly, remediation and development of land and buildings, to help drive forward the Urban Renaissance.
6. To continue to operate its innovative programmes, including the Coalfields Programme, Millennium Communities, support for Urban Regeneration Companies (URCs), the English Cities Fund, the National Land Use Database (NLUD), Priority Sites Ltd, Land Stabilisation Programme, and, and to develop new ideas for extending good practice.
7. To operate a regime that enables developers to use approved 'gap' funding for the delivery of housing projects that would otherwise be commercially unviable.

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Initial list of sites

Location Site
1) BasildonGardiners Lane
2) BasildonDry Street
3) BasildonFive Links (Phase 2)
4) HarlowSports Centre
5) HatfieldTown Centre
6) Hemel HempsteadSpencers Park
7) Hemel HempsteadParadise Fields
8) Hemel HempsteadBreakspear
9) StevenageTown Centre
10) StevenageWest Stevenage
11) PeterboroughVarious sites
North East
12) MiddlesbroughMiddlehaven
13) StocktonNorth Bank
14) StocktonHaverton Hill
North West
15) LiverpoolKings Waterfront
16) LiverpoolLiverpool Land Development Co. sites
17) PrestonPreston East
18) PrestonCuerdon Regional Business Park
19) RuncornCastlefields
20) SkelmersdaleTown Centre
21) WarringtonOmega
Yorkshire and the Humber
22) SheffieldVarious sites in the URC
East Midlands
23) CorbyVarious sites in the URC
24) NorthamptonSW District Phase 1
25) NorthamptonSW District Phases 2 and 3
West Midlands
26) TelfordTown Centre
27) TelfordSouth Telford (Woodside)
28) TelfordLightmoor
29) TelfordEast Ketley Millennium Community
30) TelfordLawley
South West
31) Weston-super-MareRAF Locking
South East
32) CrawleyExpansion sites
33) CrawleyTown Centre
34) Milton KeynesCentral MK / Campbell Park
35) Milton KeynesOak Grove Millennium Community
36) Milton KeynesBletchley / MK Stadium
37) Milton KeynesBroughton Atterbury
38) Milton KeynesEast Flank
39) Milton KeynesWest Flank
40) Milton KeynesNational Bowl / East Ashland
41) GreenwichGreenwich Peninsula including the Millennium Community
42) VariousKey Worker Housing Initiative sites

Land and Property Programme

Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how the land and property programme budgets were calculated for 2000–01 and 2001–02. [72963]

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Mr. McNulty: The allocation of the Land and Property (L&P) budget (from April 1999) between the RDAs and the LDA (from July 2000), took into account both their anticipated capital receipts arising from the L&P programme and the level of European funding they expected for L&P purposes. This was achieved by adding the total of all capital and European receipts to the grant in aid to create a 'gross' L&P budget that was then allocated to the RDAs and LDA.

The European funding was as follows:

£ million

European funding
North East6.8001.800
North West12.0007.800
Yorkshire and Humber00.700
West Midlands1.0000.600
East Midlands00
East of England00.400
South West8.1008.100
South East00
Total RDA and L&P allocations without the European funding
North East151.193162.671
North West231.186280.387
Yorkshire and Humber191.727246.267
West Midlands145.880170.850
East Midlands93.59697.439
East of England43.99762.956
South West81.84491.940
South East86.364110.542
Land and Property Allocations
North East42.92449.254
North West74.776100.388
Yorkshire and Humber43.22343.700
West Midlands40.93449.428
East Midlands34.55130.413
East of England9.47814.560
South West32.75847.798
South East20.63537.966

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