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Housing White Paper - Statement (7 Feb 2017)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his comments on garden cities, villages and towns, which I have taken an interest in. I draw the House’s attention to my entry in the register of interests. As the Government reform the local planning process, will the Minister give a strong message—I hope it is reinforced in the White Paper—that it is vital for local authorities to take a long-term...

Neighbourhood Planning Bill - Second Reading (17 Jan 2017)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, I should first draw attention to the register of interests. I am a director of some development companies. I also run my own consultancy around this area and work in advising government, and have done so for successive Governments. I work with students who are doing planning courses for both the University of Cambridge and the University of Plymouth. For the first part of what I...

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (5th Day) (Continued) (25 Apr 2016)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, I thank the Minister for her kind comments and draw attention to my registered interests. I have pressed on this issue for a number of years and I am delighted that the proposal has positive cross-party support. It will make a real difference. The principle is fundamentally clear. At the moment, local authorities in rural areas have the option, in effect, of either brownfield...

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (5th Day) (25 Apr 2016)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, I will speak briefly on this issue, which I feel very strongly about. We are in a terrible place: because people believe there is insufficient land in our island to build, we cram homes on to the smallest possible areas. Through not releasing enough land, its value is bid up and it goes to those who will squeeze the smallest possible boxes into the tiniest possible area with the...

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (5th Day) (25 Apr 2016)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, first, I draw attention to my interests on the register; in particular, I am president of the National Association of Local Councils. Although not in the register of interests, I chair a neighbourhood plan in a rural village. I spoke on this in Committee to support the noble Lord, Lord Best—I was a member of the rural housing review that he conducted. I speak today in support of...

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (1st Day) (11 Apr 2016)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, I should draw the attention of the House to various interests that I have around development and with local councils, and in other respects in this area, as set out in the register of interests. I want to start by saying something which I do not think has yet been clearly articulated, which is that I welcome the Government’s emphasis on the need to provide new homes and to...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (23 Mar 2016)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, I shall speak to Amendments 103A and 103B and in support of Amendment 103. Given the hour and the timing, I will say much less than I would have liked to on this issue, about which I feel quite passionate. I will restrain myself despite the fact that, as a Cornishman, I have already missed my last train home. A little bit of me feels that I could speak for a few hours and bring...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (23 Mar 2016)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: Obviously I will not seek to press these amendments but I very much welcome what the Minister said. I would have liked to have spoken at great length about how much I welcome what is clearly a cross-party consensus on moving forward on this basis. It has the potential to provide a huge and new opportunity for local communities to deliver fantastic places, not just fantastic homes that people...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (9th Day) (23 Mar 2016)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, I, too, wish to speak briefly in support of Amendment 102B. As always, I draw attention to my interests, in particular that I am president of the National Association of Local Councils. There is no question that parish councils are deeply concerned about the removal of the ability to require some affordable homes, when viable, to meet local needs—and we should remember that...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (8th Day) (22 Mar 2016)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, I will speak briefly because we should all be in bed already, but I agree entirely with the noble Lord, Lord Kerslake. In the planning review that I conducted back in 2008, I specifically recommended both that planning departments should be able to charge a fee that met the costs and that they should be able to offer improved services, provided that developers met those costs. This...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (8th Day) (22 Mar 2016)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: I thank the Minister for her very positive response. I would have spoken to this amendment whether or not the noble Lord, Lord Lucas, was here. She mentioned some of the proposals, not least on garden villages, which is an approach that I have advocated. I resisted mentioning it myself at this late hour, but there will be other amendments where I may return to that issue, as this is a good...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (8th Day) (22 Mar 2016)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, I rise to move this amendment on behalf of the noble Lord, Lord Lucas, who is unfortunately disabled by a herniated disk. He is flat on his back, which is probably exactly where most of us would like to be. He is probably tucked up in his bed, which is entirely sensible. He might be watching on telly, although I doubt it, but it is perforce, rather than for any other reason. The...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (6th Day) (14 Mar 2016)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, last week I spoke about the importance of protecting housing association properties in small, rural communities where they are effectively irreplaceable. The exact same point leads me to speak in support of the amendments tabled by the noble Lords, Lord Cameron and Lord Best, with whom I shared work on the rural housing review last year. As well as being president of the National...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (8 Mar 2016)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: Will the Minister reflect further with her colleagues on the contradiction in what she has just said? She spoke about neighbourhood plans and local communities setting the tenure, but the housing associations would make a decision on the sale without any reference back to the community. The engagement between the housing association and the community is important in that circumstance.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (8 Mar 2016)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: I want to be absolutely clear on this point: the National Housing Federation has never supported the requirement on local authorities to sell their stock to fund this. The offer that was on the table prior to the agreement was that there would be a statutory obligation on housing associations to sell and no statutory obligation on government to put in place the funding of the discount. The...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (8 Mar 2016)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, I draw noble Lords’ attention to my list of interests but I declare a couple in particular. One is that I am president of the National Association of Local Councils, which has a particular interest in rural communities. The second is a past but recent interest in that I was chair of the National Housing Federation for six years until September, therefore covering the period during...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (8 Mar 2016)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, I want to associate myself with the comments just made and those of others who have spoken to this amendment. My own view has long been that in looking at the under-provision of housing in this country, the primary issue is not enough land being made available for the homes we so desperately need. Particularly for large parts of the market, the unaffordability of a home is generated...

Under-occupancy Charge — Statement (28 Jan 2016)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, my former colleague, Andrew George, brought forward proposals in the previous Parliament to exempt those who had particular needs for an extra room from the bedroom tax—such as those with disabilities needing a carer—and, indeed, to exempt those who had not been offered suitable alternative accommodation. I have heard what the Minister has said about this case. I do not believe...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Cetaceans: Faroe Islands (17 Nov 2015)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 17 September (HL2164), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the letter from the UK Commissioner to the International Whaling Commission to the governments of Denmark and the Faroe Islands about concerns over the welfare and sustainability of their hunts.


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