Planning Rules - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 12:41 pm on 28th July 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Thornhill Baroness Thornhill Liberal Democrat 12:41 pm, 28th July 2020

I thank the Minister for that Answer. Does he share any of the concerns expressed by a wide range of professional bodies, including the LGA and others, that the cumulative impact of these PDRs is to create the slums of the future? That is evidenced most recently by research from the noble Lord’s own Government which shows that four out of five units already created in this way do not meet the very low national minimum space standards? Can the Minister say what action the Government are taking to ensure that this does not continue in the absence of local planning permissions? Can he see how the continuous erosion of local councils’ plans and policies is undermining public confidence in the planning system, as any councillor will confirm?