Affordable Housing: Tamworth

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 14th January 2010.

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Photo of Brian Jenkins Brian Jenkins Labour, Tamworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department has allocated for affordable housing in Tamworth constituency in the next three years.

Photo of John Healey John Healey The Minister for Housing

The Department does not itself directly take steps to match demand for social rented housing in local authorities. We encourage authorities to assess the housing needs of their area as part of their strategic housing role and then work in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) with developers (using planning policies e.g. section 106 agreements) and local registered social landlords (RSLs) to deliver the required number of homes through our National Affordable Housing Programme (NAHP).

During the period 2008-11 this is expected to deliver a total of 123 affordable homes with over 70 of these homes being for social rent. The total investment will be over £3.8 million in Tamworth borough council.

As part of the Government's £1.5 billion housing pledge we increased investment in NAHP, alongside extensions to the Kickstart programme to unlock stalled sites and local authority new build. In round two of Kickstart, which developers were able to bid for, one scheme has been short-listed within Tamworth. This will now be subject to due diligence. No applications were received from Tamworth borough council for the local authority new build programme.

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