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Housing Delivery Test - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:06 pm on 18th March 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Thornhill Baroness Thornhill Liberal Democrat 3:06 pm, 18th March 2020

I thank the noble Earl, but will he take seriously the concerns about the housing delivery test? Councils are now not only responsible for the delivery of homes in their area; they get punished if they fail to do so, including through the removal of their planning powers. Yet councils—this is the rub—have zero powers to ensure that planning permissions, once granted, are built out. In fact, none of the eight interventions that the Government suggest in the relevant planning guidance pertain to the delivery of homes after planning permission. Can the Minister assure me that this test and its effectiveness will be looked at specifically in the forthcoming planning White Paper? You do not fatten a pig by weighing it.