Results 1–20 of 189 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Parminter

Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (25 May 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, I am obliged to welcome much that is in the Queen’s Speech, but it is with sincere regret that I note that for the second year running, the word “environment” does not feature in it at all. There are no measures to protect or enhance our natural environment and no measures to deliver the Conservative manifesto commitment to protect our public forests and woodlands...

Housing and Planning Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments (10 May 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, this amendment and the previous debates concern ensuring that the homes that we want deliver sustainable drainage, with the benefit of protecting home owners from floods and wider amenity benefits to communities and to biodiversity. I am disappointed that the Government and the Commons did not feel able to accept amendments that this House voted for to end the automatic right to...

Housing and Planning Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments (10 May 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for those remarks. They are indicative of the thoughtful and careful way in which she has handled negotiations on this difficult Bill. I am grateful for the time she has given to me and to other Members of this Chamber, particularly on this issue. I know it means so much to her and to other Members around this House. It will directly affect home owners who...

Housing and Planning Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments (10 May 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, I am deeply disappointed that the Government do not feel able to accept this amendment. While I heard what the Minister said, it is still not clear exactly how the Government will meet their binding climate change commitments if they will not accept the amendment. They talk about doing so in a cost-effective manner, but the trajectory of the roadmap is unclear if we do not propose a...

Housing and Planning Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments (10 May 2016)

Baroness Parminter: I thank the Minister for those remarks. I am obviously disappointed that, at this late stage, after, as she knows, so many compromises have been brought forward from this side on this issue, the Government do not feel able to accept something that will deliver what they want to achieve—more homes—because it will bring about more neighbourhood planning. I thank the noble Lord, Lord...

Housing and Planning Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments (10 May 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, we return again the to the issue of building the homes that we need, ensuring at the same time that we contribute fully to meeting our greenhouse gas emission targets and lowering fuel bills. I am very disappointed to see that the Government and the other place did not feel able to accept the amendment that we proposed. In lieu, the Government are proposing a review. I remind noble...

Housing and Planning Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments (10 May 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, I very much welcome the comments made last night by the Minister in the other place, who said that he intends, “to work with colleagues to ensure that neighbourhood plans enjoy the primacy that we intend them to have in planning law”.—[ Official Report, Commons, 9/5/16; col. 462.] I wholeheartedly endorse and welcome that commitment. However, I have prepared what I...

Housing and Planning Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons (4 May 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, the purpose of the amendment is to ensure that the new homes that we want are built with sustainable drainage, protecting home owners against flooding and delivering wider environmental benefits to the community—and, indeed, for biodiversity. At Report, the Government’s response was that we should wait to see how the presumption in planning works, given that it has been...

Housing and Planning Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons (4 May 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy, the noble Earl, Lord Lytton, and the noble Lord, Lord Krebs, for joining me in support of the amendment. I have not heard anything from the Minister to counter the weight of evidence in this Chamber and beyond, which says that the present situation with regard to delivering sustainable urban drainage is not working. When the Government...

Housing and Planning Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons (4 May 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, the new homes we wish to be built must, at the same time, meet our greenhouse gas targets and contribute to lowering fuel bills. It is right that we help to ensure that those homes are financially viable for the people who are going to build them. As the Government have accepted, the on-cost for building homes to this standard is 3,000 for a three-bedroom semi. That figure, as...

Housing and Planning Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons (4 May 2016)

Baroness Parminter: I thank noble Lords who have participated in this debate and echo the comments of the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy, who summed it up incredibly well by saying that the Government’s arguments were not compelling. We have debated this at length in the Chamber, and I am not going to go through the arguments again today, but I just want to raise two points. First, the Federation of Master...

Housing and Planning Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons (4 May 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, we all believe that neighbourhood plans deliver more homes. However, it is not just a belief; it is also the evidence that the Government accept. We heard them accept it in both Committee and on Report. Therefore, we wish to do all we can to encourage more neighbourhood plans to be produced in order to deliver the housing that we all know we need. Our central contention is that we...

Housing and Planning Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons (4 May 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, I stand by my assertion that the Government’s amendment offers nothing beyond that which good local planning authorities are already doing. It does not address the issue; even if they are doing it, councillors can then go on to make a decision that overturns the policy of a neighbourhood plan or forum and that the call-in cannot be used by that local group, because there...

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (5th Day) (25 Apr 2016)

Baroness Parminter: I thank the Minister for her remarks and colleagues around the House for their support. The Minister made the point that some of the evidence we used predates the introduction of the presumption in planning. Some of it does; some of it does not. It would have been a lot easier for this House to hear the arguments more clearly if the Government had done any serious monitoring in the last year...

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (5th Day) (25 Apr 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, this amendment would ensure that 1 million new homes are built with sustainable drainage systems, or SuDS, helping to protect homeowners against flooding and delivering wider environmental benefits. The ministerial response in Committee was that we need to allow time to see presumption in planning working, given that it was introduced a year ago. However, having spoken with a number...

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (5th Day) (25 Apr 2016)

Baroness Parminter: I thank the Minister for her reply, and thank noble Lords who have spoken in support of the amendment: my noble friend Lord Stunell, the noble Lords, Lord Kennedy and Lord Krebs, and the noble Baroness, Lady Andrews. The Minister seems to be repeating some of the objections raised in Committee. I say that most respectfully, because I have been most grateful for the way that she has engaged...

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (5th Day) (25 Apr 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, the aim of this amendment is for new homes to contribute to meeting our greenhouse gas targets and to help lower fuel bills. In Committee the Minister argued that homes had to be financially viable to build, yet conceded that the extra build costs to meet carbon compliance standards are under 3,000 for a three-bedroom, semi-detached house. That figure comes from a Zero Carbon...

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (4th Day) (20 Apr 2016)

Baroness Parminter: I thank the Minister for that reply and for the support we have had from right round the House, which was very telling. The response from the Front Bench opposite was disappointing, although not surprising. What the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy, said about striking the right balance was right; in planning, that is what it is all about. We need to ensure that local people are fully engaged in...

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (4th Day) (20 Apr 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, in Committee there was widespread support for the measures of both this Government and the coalition Government to devolve powers to local communities, particularly through neighbourhood planning. We know that neighbourhood planning delivers more homes—the Government’s own figures confirm it—so how can it be right for local people to have no redress when a planning...

Planning: Trees - Question (14 Apr 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, there is a statutory register for nationally significant features such as scheduled ancient monuments, protected species and listed buildings. Given what my noble friend Lord Scriven said about how easy it is for trees to be neglected, damaged or lost, do the Government accept that there is a case for similar recognition and protection for trees of national special interest?


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