Sir Gary Streeter Written Questions

7 Questions to Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government tabled by Sir Gary Streeter


Date Title Questioner
26 Apr 2018, 3:41 p.m. Rent to Buy Scheme Sir Gary Streeter

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to promote the Rent to Buy scheme as a route into home ownership; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Mrs Heather Wheeler)

The Government is determined to extend the opportunity of home ownership to hard working families who aspire to home ownership but may be otherwise unable to afford it. We are investing over £9 billion in affordable homes, including Rent to Buy, through the Affordable Homes Programme 2016-21. The programme is flexible and sets no ringfences on particular forms of tenure, so providers can bid into the programme to develop a wide range of homes to meet the housing needs of a range of people in different circumstances and housing markets.

23 Jan 2018, 1:37 p.m. Coastal Areas: South West Sir Gary Streeter

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much funding his Department has allocated to projects in (a) Plymouth and (b) South West Devon constituency from the Coastal Communities Fund in each year for which information is available.

Answer (Jake Berry)

Plymouth has received Coastal Community Fund grants worth £2.67 million for two projects since 2013: £670,000 in 2013 for the regeneration of Plymouth’s waterfront; and £2 million in 2017 for create new and refurbish existing cultural and heritage venues in Plymouth.

Funding is determined through a competitive bid-led process based on demonstrating the strongest fit with the programme's outcomes and criteria.

The next bidding round is due to open shortly and will give all coastal communities another opportunity to bid for funds.

22 Jan 2018, 4:51 p.m. Coastal Areas: Plymouth Sir Gary Streeter

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to ensure that coastal areas in and around Plymouth receive an equitable share of funding from the Coastal Communities Fund.

Answer (Jake Berry)

Plymouth has received Coastal Communities Fund grants worth £2.67 million for two projects since 2013: £670,000 in 2013 for the regeneration of Plymouth’s waterfront; and £2 million in 2017 to create new and refurbish existing cultural and heritage venues in the city.

I announced on 4 September last year that Coastal Communities Fund Round 5 will open for applications early this year with at least £40 million of funding available.

Hon Members with coastal constituencies should encourage prospective applicants to make an early start in developing their plans for revitalising their local communities.

27 Oct 2017, 11:46 a.m. Housing: Solar Power Sir Gary Streeter

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to ensure that solar panels form part of the infrastructure for all new buildings.

Answer (Alok Sharma)

Regulations and planning reforms encourage the use of renewables without mandating any particular technology. Mandating a particular renewable technology, such as solar panels, may not be appropriate for all building types in all areas. Building regulations are deliberately couched in performance terms, allowing builders, local councils and architects the flexibility to select from a range of renewable energy technologies to suit the potentially unique circumstances of a particular development.

19 Jul 2017, 2:31 p.m. Housing Sir Gary Streeter

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to representations received for the consultation on the housing white paper which closed on 2 May 2017.

Answer (Alok Sharma)

Responses to the White Paper Fixing Our Broken Housing Market are being analysed at present. The Government intends to issue a response in due course.

10 Jul 2017, 3:15 p.m. Devolution: South West Sir Gary Streeter

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made on devolution for Devon and Somerset.

Answer (Jake Berry)

The Government is committed to working with places to generate growth and jobs. This is not a one-size-fits-all process; for example, mayoral governance may be appropriate for cities but not rural counties. We will continue to work with Devon and Somerset to ensure they have the tools to drive growth.

4 Jul 2017, 4:45 p.m. Affordable Housing Sir Gary Streeter

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that rent-to-buy products are within the definition of affordable housing for the purposes of local authority section 106 agreements.

Answer (Alok Sharma)

Our White paper Fixing the Broken Housing Market, published in February, made clear that Rent to Buy products can help to meet affordable housing needs. We intend to reflect this in an updated definition of affordable housing for planning purposes when the National Planning Policy Framework is reviewed. We are also investing £7.1 billion in the Affordable Homes Programme to deliver 225,000 affordable housing starts by March 2021, including Rent to Buy homes.