Housing and Planning Bill - Report (5th Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:15 pm on 25th April 2016.

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Photo of Baroness Butler-Sloss Baroness Butler-Sloss Crossbench 5:15 pm, 25th April 2016

My Lords, I have not spoken on this Bill before. However, I would like to add a practical point from the part of the West Country where I live, where there is both very large building going on—5,000-plus houses, some on a flood plain—together with very small building on small sites. What we are being told locally is that the various builders, particularly those on the larger sites, are now going back to the council to ask not to have to provide as much affordable housing as they were originally asked to do. It really is a very serious matter down in our part of the West Country. As everyone knows, affordable housing is so important that every step that can be taken to support it, I would hope that this House would support.