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REGENERATION BOOST FOLLOWS APPROVAL OF 2003 HOUSING TRANSFER PROGRAMME

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Seventeen councils in England have been given the go-ahead to proceed ...
Seventeen councils in England have been given the go-ahead to proceed

with plans to transfer more than 125,000 homes during the next two

years, bringing about significant repairs and improvements to the

transferred stock.

Fourteen councils have been granted immediate places on the 2003

housing transfer programme. They are Forest Heath DC; Hartlepool BC;

Barking & Dagenham LBC; Islington LBC; Lambeth LBC; Manchester City Council;

Middlesbrough Council; Peterborough City Council; Purbeck DC; Royal Borough of

Kingston; Stroud DC; Trafford MBC; Wakefield MBC and Wirral MBC.

Three local authorities have been asked to further develop their

transfer proposals. They are North East Lincolnshire Council, Tower

Hamlets LBC and Hackney LBC. Lambeth LBC has been also been asked to

further develop their proposals for another partial transfer.

Housing minister Keith Hill said that, subject to tenant approval,

the seventeen councils should be able to carry out 26 transfers of

all or part of their stock to registered social landlords (RSLs) as a

way of reaching the government's Decent Homes target by 2010.

'Housing transfer enables new landlords to obtain increased

investment from private sources to reach and, invariably, exceed the

decent home target more quickly than if the properties had remained

in council ownership. Transfer can also ensure higher levels of

tenant involvement and wide-scale regeneration.

'The government has also ensured that, over time, tenants' rents will

be similar to what they would pay to their local authority thanks to

a committed policy of bringing greater fairness and coherence to the

structure of social rents'

Mr Hill said housing transfers were voluntary and took place if a

majority of tenants had voted in favour. The consent of the secretary

of state is also required before a transfer can proceed.

Notes

1. Lambeth (for their Clapham Park Estate transfer) and Tower Hamlets

(for their Clapham Park Estate, Mile End East, Crossways Estate and

Leopold Estate transfers) have been asked to develop their transfer

proposals further. The ODPM is also holding open a place on the

programme for Hackney (for their West Haggerston and Kingsland

transfer). North East Lincolnshire Council will be given a place subject

to the resolution of its council to pursue the transfer along with

completion of its option appraisal and credible gap funding

proposals.

2. As the Lambeth (Clapham Park) proposal involves dwellings located

within Keith Hill's constituency, it was assessed independently by

Yvette Cooper.

3. The authorities that have successfully gained places on the

programme, together with the intended recipient RSL, are:

(a) a disposal by Forest Heath DC of not more than

2,705 dwelling-houses to a registered social landlord;

(b) a disposal by Hartlepool BC of not more than 7,963

dwelling-houses to Housing Hartlepool;

(c) a disposal by Barking & Dagenham LBC of not more

than 111 dwelling-houses to Stort Valley Housing Association;

(d)three disposals by Islington LBC of not more than

1,314 dwelling-houses on the Tollington Estate to North British

Homes, not more than 341 dwelling houses on the Surr Street Estate to

Hyde Housing Association and not more than 121 dwelling houses on the

Grove Estate to Hyde Housing Association;

(e) two disposals by Lambeth LBC of not more than 1,164

dwelling houses on the Stockwell Park estate to The Trust and not

more than 683 dwelling houses on the Kennington Park estate to Hyde

Southbank Homes;

(f) three disposals by Manchester City Council of not more than 1,013

dwelling houses on the Haughton estate to a registered social

landlord, not more than 2,543 dwelling houses on the Woodhouse Park

estate and not more than 1,548 dwelling-houses on the Hattersley

estate to Peak Valley Housing;

(g) a disposal by Middlesbrough Co uncil of not more than 13,209

dwelling-houses to a registered social landlord;

(h) a disposal by Peterborough City Council of not more than 10,195

dwelling-houses to a registered social landlord;

(i) a disposal by Purbeck DC of not more than 1,622

dwelling-houses to a registered social landlord;

(j) a disposal by Royal Borough of Kingston of not more than 5,010

dwelling-houses to a registered social landlord;

(k) a disposal by Stroud DC of not more than 5,429

dwelling houses to a registered social landlord;

(l) a disposal by Trafford MBC of not more

than 10,100 dwelling houses to a registered social landlord;

(m) a disposal by Wakefield MBC of not more

than 33,405 dwelling houses to a registered social landlord;

(n) a disposal by Wirral MBC of not more

than 14,500 dwelling houses to a registered social landlord.

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