Housing and Planning Bill - Report (5th Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:30 pm on 25th April 2016.

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Photo of The Bishop of Leeds The Bishop of Leeds Bishop 5:30 pm, 25th April 2016

My Lords, I support this amendment. My diocese covers vast and diverse rural areas. The issue that is constantly raised by those who live there is affordable housing for their children. We too often use the language of protection or preservation when we should be talking about development and creating the future. If we end up with small rural communities without young people in them, which in some cases is what is happening, we will have a problem 20, 30, 40 or 50 years down the line. I support the amendment and trust that we will give due attention to it.