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£8 million - The amount that the Northwest Development Agency is to invest in improving Manchester's Metrolink.

It will increase frequency on the Eccles to Manchester city centre line to ten trams per hour.

1 million - The target for zero carbon homes by 2020, housing and planning minister Yvette Cooper announced at last week's Labour Party conference.

500,000 - The number of homes in housing market renewal areas where failures continue to persist, claims a report by housing pathfinders this week.

6,980 - The extra homes to be built each year in Yorkshire and Humber, under changes to the regional spatial strategy proposed by the government last week.

24% - Proportion of complaints received by the local government ombudsman in the last year that related to planning and building control. This was the largest percentage of complaints that the body had to decide.

4 - Number of Pelamis wave energy converters that will make up the world's biggest wave power project. Scottish ministers approved the scheme in Orkney, which could power around 2,000 homes, last week.

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