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Today I conclude the progress report on local authorities building replacement properties with a focus on district councils.

Ashfield

22 properties were sold under the right to buy in 2012/13. From 2012 to date there have been 97 sales. There are 19 replacements currently planned for this year and as no fund are expected to be returned that implies that more properties will be built to meet the requirement.

Ashford

16 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 81 sales. There have already been 21 replacement homes built so the council has already met its requirement for this year.

Babergh

11 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 65 sales.  Only four replacement properties funded so far but as the Council has “no current plans” to send money to central Government it may still be hoping to do more.

Bolsover

25 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 111. There have already been 55 replacement homes built. A further 100 are planned but even if no more are built before March the council has easily exceeded its requirement.

Brentwood

11 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 43 sales. Funds have already been earmarked for 12 properties being built this financial year – so Brentwood is on course to meet its target.

Broxstowe

12 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 66 sales. 22 replacement homes have already been built and a further six are at planning stage.

Cannock Chase

18 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 83 sales. Only five replacements are due to be built this year but the Council hopes not to have to hand any money to central Government by spending the funds this financial year for properties being built i 2015/16.

Castle Point

Nine sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 35 sales. Already 25 replacements have been built and another three are due to be built this financial year.

Charnwood

24 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 166 sales. So far there has been only one replacement built are there are currently just four planned for this financial year. The Council insists it won’t have to hand over money – in which case it needs to get a move on.

Cheltenham

13 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 63 sales. 20 new homes are due to be funded this financial year.

Chesterfield

20 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 170 sales. Three replacement properties have been built so far and a further 27 are planned for completion in this financial year.

Corby

15 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 118 sales. 22 replacements already built with a further 50 planned – even if none of those are started this financial year Corby has already met its initial target.

Crawley

72 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 251 sales. 43 replacements built so far with 455 planned. The Council adds: “Crawley Borough Council does not anticipate returning any funds back to Government.” So that implies that at least another 29 will be built (or start to be built or funds paid to be built) by the end of March.

Dacorum

62 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 276 sales. 77 new homes are to be completed this financial year.

Dartford

20 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 104 sales. 76 new homes are planned for this financial year.

Dover

Seven sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 58 sales. 11 new homes already built and a further 17 planned for this financial year.

East Devon

15 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 81 sales. 21 replacements already built and 14 planned for this financial year.

Eastbourne

14 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 71 sales. 26 units are being built this year.

Epping Forest

13 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 121 sales. Only two new properties are planned for this year. They didn’t respond to my query as to whether or not they will have to hand over any funds to central Government – but it looks problematic.

Exeter

23 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 89 sales. 45 replacement homes already built and 48 due to be funded this year.

Fareham

Eight sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 33 sales. Six replacement homes built so far. But no information about any future plans.

Gosport

10 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 53 sales. Four replacement homes currently due to be built this financial year. They do not anticipate handing over funds to central government and so presumably more will be funded.

Gravesham

22 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 99 sales. 19 new homes have already been built and a further seven are currently planned for this year.

Great Yarmouth

21 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 114 sales. 12 new homes have already been built and a further 27 are planned.

Guildford

11 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 65 sales. 65 new homes have already been built “with further schemes planned, these include 30 units with planning and a possible 75 units which are subject to a pre planning application review at present.”

Harrogate

10 sales for 2012/13. From 2012 to date 43 sales. 10 replacement properties have already been funded.

High Peak

Nine sales for 2012/13. From 2012 to date 55 sales. 15 replacement properties are being funded in this financial year.

Hinckley and Bosworth

14 sales for 2012/13. From 2012 to date 66 sales. No figures for replacements but as the Council “does not anticipate” handing over any funds presumably at least 14 will be provided this financial year.

Ipswich

43 sales for 2012/13. From 2012 to date 193 sales. 32 replacement properties already built with plans for 1,000 more over the next ten years. As the council doesn’t anticipate handing over funds to central government presumably at least 11 of these homes will be sorted out by March.

Kettering

19 sales for 2012/13. From 2012 to date 79 sales. Only three replacements so far and as the Council is not planning to hand over any money to central Government presumably there will be at least another 16 this year.

Mansfield

22 sales for 2012/13. From 2012 to date 97 sales. 19 replacements so far and the council says they will not be handing over any money to central Government so presumably at least three more to be progressed in this financial year.

Melton

Seven sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 28 sales. There have already been 10 replacements. A further 15-20 are planned but even of none of these are built or funded in the current financial year the Council is meeting its requirement.

Mid Devon

Eight sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 44 sales. There have already been 36 replacements homes built.

New Forest

15 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 82 sales. There have already been 115 replacement homes built with a further “30 or 40” planned this financial year.

North East Derbyshire

24 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 131 sales. There have been 17 replacement homes built so far. However the Council says it has “no further plans for replacement properties at present” for more housing while also saying “no refunds to central government expected at present.” That does sound a bit complacent. I think they had better buck their ideas up or they will find themselves writing cheques.

North Kesteven

15 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 50 sales. There have already been 97 replacement homes.

North Warwickshire

11 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 76 sales. There have already been 18 replacement homes.

North West Leicestershire

15 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 87 sales. No replacements so far but “plans are currently being developed for the use of the RTB receipts to ensure the funds are not sent to central government” so presumably building – or at least funding – 15 by March.

Nuneaton and Bedworth

15 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 90 sales. 11 replacement homes built so far and a further 36 due to be built by the end of March.

Rugby

17 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 81 sales. 23 replacements homes already built.

Runnymede

Eight sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 28 sales. Nine replacement homes already built.

St Albans

18 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 89 sales. 14 replacement homes already built. There are current plans for a further 45 so provided at least four of these are sorted out by the end March then the Council will meet its requirement.

Sedgemoor

14 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 60 sales. No replacements built so far but plans to build 21 this financial year.

Selby

11 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 49 sales. 50 new homes are planned and the Council says “all funds earmarked form Right to Buy sales will be utilised and none returned to Central Government” so it sounds as though there should be at least 11 new homes built or funded by the end of March.

Shepway

12 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 50 sales. 30 new homes planned for this financial year.

South Kesteven

20 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 108 sales. 13 replacement homes built so far and a further 47 planned for this financial year.

Stevenage

51 sales in 2012/13. From 2102 to date 263 sales. 65 replacement homes built so far and “The council currently estimates that 266 additional affordable homes will be delivered between April 2015 and March 2020, all of which will be part-funded with receipts from sales made under the Right to Buy.” But even if none of these are built by the end of March the Council has already met its target.

Stroud

22 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 77 sales. 38 replacement homes have been built already. Another 188 are planned – but even if none of those are built by March the Council has already exceeded its requirement.

Tandridge

11 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 30 sales. Eight new homes are being built at the moment and the Council believe that further plans mean they will meet their requirement – so at least another three by March.

Thanet

Eight sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 48 sales. No replacements built so far but nine already planed for this year: “Further schemes will be identified. At the moment we are not planning to return any receipts to central government.”

Warwick

17 sales in 2012/13. From 2012 to date 99 sales. One replacement home built do far and 50 currently planned – so if we have 16 of them by March then “one for one” schedule will have been achieved. The Council adds: “We do not expect to return any funds to central Government.”

Waverley

11 sales in 2012/13. 23 replacement homes built so far.

Wealden

10 sales in 2012/13. 53 sales to date. 11 replacement homes built so far and a further 53 planned for this year.

West Lancashire

25 sales in 2012/13. 118 sales to date. Three replacement homes planned for the current financial year. The Council says “not at this time” regarding the matter of sending funds to central government but it does sound as though they are at risk of slipping.

Woking

13 sales in 2012/13. 64 sales to date. “There is no intention to return funds,” says the council though as no figures are given for planned properties that may be optimistic.

From today’s batch I make that 989 sales for 2012/13. Already 953 replacement homes have been built and a further 751 due this year. That comes to 1,704.

This means that the early evidence is that the district councils – mostly run by the Conservatives – have risen to the challenge. They are performing effectively in making use of proceeds from right to buy sales to build new homes.

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