HC Deb 28 February 1995 vol 255 cc471-3W
Mr. Steen

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list(a) the house building requirements imposed by his Department in each county authority for the period 1991 to 2006 and (b) the environmental constraints which have affected the requirement downwards; what considerations determine the house building requirement (i) nationally and (ii) regionally; and what assessments he makes of the infrastructure required to support such a building requirement.

Mr. Robert B. Jones

[holding answer 27 February 1995]: The proposed provision of additional housing for each county in England is set out in "Regional and Strategic Planning Guidance". The figures for each county are shown in the table.

National population projections are provided by the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys in consultation with local authorities. The Department of the Environment produces household projections for counties, and the metropolitan boroughs, which are adjusted to be consistent with national totals. The proposed regional dwelling provision is based on the household projections, and take into account factors such as the need for house replacement, vacancy rates, second homes, and tied accommodation.

Regional conferences of local authorities are consulted on the distribution of the regional figures. In considering the figures they are required to take national planning and environmental policies into account, as well as local circumstances and constraints.

The figures in regional planning guidance are then tested through the structure plan process, and subject to scrutiny through an examination in public. This enables the figures to be refined in the light of local circumstances.

Infrastructure requirements should be considered at the regional, county, and local level according to the size and strategic nature of proposed developments.

Proposed regional level dwelling provision for counties in England
(Figures are annual averages for the period stated, and are taken from "Regional or Strategic Planning Guidance" unless otherwise stated.)
East Midlands region—1991 to 2011
Derbyshire 3,250
Leicestershire 3,500
Lincolnshire 3,400
Northamptonshire 3,500
Nottinghamshire 3,250
Eastern region—1986 to 2006
Cambridgeshire 3,700
Norfolk 3,450
Suffolk 3,100
Northern region—1991 to 2006
Cleveland 933
Durham 1,400
Northumberland 1,033
Tyne and Wear Metropolitan area SPG1 2,315
South East region—1991 to 2006
Bedfordshire 2,467
Berkshire 2,667
Buckinghamshire 3,267
East Sussex 2,333
Essex 5,333
Hampshire 6,133
Hertfordshire 3,333
Isle of Wight 533
Kent 5,800
Oxfordshire 2,467
Surrey 2,400
West Sussex 2,933
London Metropolitan area 1,155
South West region—1991 to 2011
Avon 2,950
Cornwall 2,250
Devon 4,950
Dorset 3,150
Gloucester 2,650
Somerset 2,500
Wiltshire 3,450
West Midlands region 1991–2011 (consultation draft figures)
Hereford and Worcester 2,500
Shropshire 2,150
Staffordshire 2,850
Warwickshire 1,750
West Midlands (Metropolitan area) 5,000
Yorkshire and Humberside region 1991–2006 (consultation draft figures)
Humberside 3,500
North Yorkshire 3,000
South Yorkshire (Metropolitan area) 3,400
West Yorkshire (Metropolitan area) 6,700
North West region(draft RPG forthcoming—figures are for time scales as detailed)
Cheshire structure plan (1986–2001) 3,933
Cumbria structure plan (1981–1996) 1.573
Further proposed modifications (1991–2006) 1,833
Lancashire structure plan (1986–1996) 4,120
Deposit replacement plan (1991–2006) 4,403
Merseyside SPG, 1986–2001 (Metropolitan area) 3,303
Greater Manchester SPG, 1986 to 2001 (Metropolitan area) 4,000
1 1988 to 2001

(1) Includes NHS. The 1989 and 1991 figures include empty bed-spaces in hostels.

(2) Includes the Prison Service and Metropolitan and provincial police authorities.

(3) Excludes dwellings awaiting demolition or conversion to non-residential use.

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