Examination of Witnesses (Questions 680-686)|
KEEBLE, MP AND
WEDNESDAY 12 DECEMBER 2001
680. Perhaps you could give us a note on that.
(Ms Keeble) I will look at that.
681. Documents, or reports, came out yesterday
about the problems in Burnley, Oldham and other places like that.
How far do you feel there is a contradiction that in somewhere
like Burnley some of these homes are being abandoned and yet probably
within the ethnic minority community there is more growth in the
population, more demand for housing. Is segregation part of the
(Ms Keeble) Of abandonment?
682. That we have on the one hand an increasing
demand for certain neighbourhoods and an abandonment in other
(Ms Keeble) The demand for certain neighbourhoods
683. When we went up to Burnley we saw two neighbourhoods
of almost identical housing, one neighbourhood had a high ethnic
population within it, the other did not, and it appeared that
one had a very weak, absolutely collapsing housing market, and
the other had a relatively strong housing market, and it appeared
there was segregation between the two communities.
(Ms Keeble) I have to say I have seen exactly the
same in Rochdale, and those areas which thrive are largely because
the properties still have a high value, because they are highly
sought after, partly because there are great restrictions in the
supply of them, and they are close to the facilities the community
wants. So I think you have different markets working in different
parts of a single area. I do think, quite regardless of that,
there is a real issue about segregation, it is something that
the Department has been looking at. We have been looking at the
whole problems surrounding race and housing. My colleague, Charlie
Falconer, has been looking at that, and we have strategies and
proposals for dealing with those issues. We have also put requirements
on local authorities and housing associations around dealing with
some of the problems around race and housing.
684. While you are talking about the Minister
for Planning, he is presumably announcing the new Green Paper
on Planning today and presumably with that will be the daughter
document on CPOs?
(Ms Keeble) That is right, and I did refer to that
685. So you think the problem with CPOs is now
(Ms Keeble) I think we have some proposals, yes, to
speed it up.
686. Can I ask for a note on the issue around
segregation and the work your Department is doing?
(Ms Keeble) We will certainly provide
you with a copy of the document.
Chairman: On that note, thank you very much
for your evidence.