HC Deb 30 July 1964 vol 699 cc407-8W
Mr. Loughlin

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs if he will state the number of applications for planning permission for house building that have been made in the West Gloucestershire Parliamentary constituency; how many such applications have been refused; what was the number made by private persons as distinct from builders; and if he will relate the figures to the respective local authorities concerned.

Period No. of Grants Main changes in scheme
March 1951– March 1952 1,462
March 1952– March 1953 1,979 Maximum cost of schemes admissible for grant-aid raised from £ 600 to £ 800.
April-December 1953 2,057
1954 13,710 Housing Repairs and Rents Act 1954 removed restriction of £ 800 on maximum cost of schemes admissible for grant-aid.
1955 36,423
1956 33,701
1957 33,951
1958 33,997
1959 78,996 House Purchase and Housing Act 1959:
(i) introduced standard grants;
(ii) reduced period of grant conditions from 20 to 10 years.
1960 130,832
1961 128,584 Housing Act 1961 raised permitted rent increase from 8% to 12½ % of landlord's share of the cost of improvements.
1962 110,506
1963 120,027
1964 (to 30th June—provisional) 64,144 Housing Act 1964:
(i) reduced period of grant conditions from 10 to 3 years;
(ii) raised amount of grants in certain circumstances;
(iii) introduced further relaxations in the schemes of grant;
(iv) introduced compulsory improvement of tenanted dwellings.
Total 792,369

Mr. Corfield

No separate figures, either for parliamentary constituencies or for parts of administrative county council areas are available for applications for planning permissions for housebuilding. The only figures available are for administrative counties as a whole.

The latest figures available are those for 1963 which give the number of planning applications for house building in the administrative county of Gloucestershire as:

Permissions granted 2,519
Permissions refused 958

The records do not differentiate between private persons or builders; nor do they show the number of houses covered by each application.