Clause 44 - Further provision about tenants’ energy efficiency improvements regulations: England and Wales

Part of Energy Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:30 pm on 14th June 2011.

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Photo of Graham Jones Graham Jones Opposition Assistant Whip (Commons) 5:30 pm, 14th June 2011

I have some queries that I hope the Minister can look at. He touched on them previously, and I hope that he can expand on them. They relate to subsection (2)(a) on permissions and exemptions. The obvious exemption, which he mentioned, is compulsory purchase order areas, but I want to press him further. Regeneration areas do not necessarily invoke a CPO, so how would that fit in? An objection may come from a landlord, for example, rather than a tenant. Will that have to go to tribunal?

What about landlords in the private rented sector using planning permissions to block green deal requests? What happens, for example, if a landlord applies for a loft conversion that might negate loft insulation? What about other planning consents that are designed to negate a green deal assessment? Will the Minister expand on what he means by permissions and consents in the exemptions, and on whether planning will be part of that? Beyond CPOs, will he comment on regeneration areas and more holistic regeneration that might affect the exemptions and permissions, if he has any thoughts on that?