ODPM: Housing, Planning Local Government and the Regions

26 July 2002

Session 2001-02


AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The ODPM: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Select Committee has resolved to reopen the inquiry into Affordable Housing.

Witnesses are invited to submit memoranda to the Committee on the points below and other relevant topics to the Committee before Wednesday 25 September.  It is unlikely that memoranda submitted after this date will be published. (Witnesses who wish their memoranda to be treated in confidence should contact the Committee Clerk in advance.)  Witnesses should also note that decisions about who to call for oral evidence are likely to be taken on the basis of the evidence received by this date.

It is expected that the first oral evidence session on this subject will be held in October

Evidence to the previous Transport, Local Government and the Regions Committee's inquiry will be considered as part of this inquiry.  New evidence is sought particularly on the Comprehensive Spending Review 2002:  It should focus on:

Whether the funds in the Comprehensive Spending Review will  achieve the Government's target of a decent home for everyone by 2010;

How spending of the new resources should be balanced between social housing and options for owner occupation for those who cannot afford to buy (including shared ownership) and the mechanisms to be used for their distribution;

The role of planning obligations in providing affordable housing;

The effectiveness of the Housing Market Renewal Fund in tackling housing needs in areas with low demand; and

How the quality of new affordable housing can be ensured and the poor design of previous housebuilding programmes avoided.

Evidence should be sent to the Clerk, Committee Office, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA, in electronic version in MS Word or Rich Text format, either by e-mail to [email protected] or on a disk accompanying the hard copy; witnesses without access to a computer are respectfully requested to take particular care that submissions are legible.  Please note that memoranda should be limited in length to six A4 pages.  Memoranda submitted to the Committee should be kept confidential until published by the Committee.  

Contact: Ben Kochan, Committee Specialist 020 7 219 1342.

URBAN AFFAIRS SUB-COMMITTEE

THE EFFECTIVENESS OF GOVERNMENT REGENERATION INITIATIVES

The Urban Affairs Sub-Committee of the House of Commons Select Committee on ODPM: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions has resolved to undertake an inquiry into The Effectiveness of Government Regeneration Initiatives.

Witnesses are invited to submit memoranda to the Sub-Committee on the points below and other relevant topics to the Committee before Wednesday 25 September 2002.  It is unlikely that memoranda submitted after this date will be published.  (Witnesses who wish their memoranda to be treated in confidence should contact the Committee Clerk in advance.)  Witnesses should also note that decisions about who to call for oral evidence are likely to be taken on the basis of the evidence received by this date.  It is expected that the first oral evidence session on this subject will be held on 21 October 2002. 

The Committee is keen to receive submissions on all matters relating to this subject, including:

The contribution of area-based initiatives to broader regeneration initiatives and regional strategies;

The characteristics of successful regeneration schemes;

Involvement of local communities;

Democratic accountability;

Whether and where area-based initiatives have brought about sustained improvements to deprived communities;

What arrangements need to be put in place at the end of a regeneration initiative to ensure that benefits to local residents continue;

Whether policy has taken account of long term impacts as well as the outputs created;

Whether initiatives have had an effect on the major Government and local government programmes;

Whether lessons have been learned from previous initiatives, like City Challenge, and applied to new regeneration initiatives, such as the New Deal for Communities and Local Strategic Partnerships; and

How the Government should decide when to introduce an area-based initiative, and whether there are successful alternatives.

Evidence should be sent to the Clerk, Committee Office, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA, in electronic version in MS Word or Rich Text format, either by e-mail to [email protected] or on a disk accompanying the hard copy; witnesses without access to a computer are respectfully requested to take particular care that submissions are legible.  Please note that memoranda should be limited in length to six A4 pages.  Memoranda submitted to the Committee should be kept confidential until published by the Committee.

Contact: Sarah Hartwell, Clerk 020 7 219 3290