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Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (10th Day): Amendment 248 (20 Apr 2023)

Earl Howe: No, it most certainly does not. Our intention is to appoint the Planning Inspectorate to examine proposals and make the street vote development orders on behalf of the Secretary of State.

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (10th Day): Amendment 248 (20 Apr 2023)

Earl Howe: That is a helpful suggestion, which I am happy to feed in. On Amendments 252 and 253, in the name of the noble Baroness, the Government recognise that leaseholders will often have an interest in proposals for street vote development. Leaseholders will be able to be part of a group that can bring forward a proposal for a street vote development order if they are registered to vote in a local...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (10th Day): Amendment 248 (20 Apr 2023)

Earl Howe: It is not that businesses would be on the electoral roll. If I misspoke, what I meant to say was that residents who are registered to vote in a local council election at an address in the street area on a prescribed date will be eligible to vote as part of this arrangement, as well as commercial rate payers in the area.

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (10th Day): Amendment 248 (20 Apr 2023)

Earl Howe: The intention is that, if there is a commercial business paying commercial business rates, it should be allowed a voice in this process.

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (10th Day): Amendment 248 (20 Apr 2023)

Earl Howe: No doubt this will be the subject of further debate—

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (10th Day): Amendment 248 (20 Apr 2023)

Earl Howe: Yes, and consultation. Before I speak to the government amendments, I will turn to Amendments 255 and 256, also in the name of the noble Baroness, which deal broadly with issues of propriety. I recognise the valuable expertise that organisations like the Association of Electoral Administrators can bring, but I do not agree with the noble Baroness that it is necessary to place a statutory duty...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (10th Day): Amendment 248 (20 Apr 2023)

Earl Howe: My Lords, if I may say so, that is a very helpful intervention from the noble Baroness. She raises a number of key points, some of which will no doubt be covered in the consultation, but if I can expand on that I will be happy to write to her. On Amendment 256, I would like to make it clear that the Government take the potential for conflicts of interest seriously. I am however confident that...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (10th Day): Amendment 248 (20 Apr 2023)

Earl Howe: My Lords, a range of questions have been asked on this group of amendments. It might be helpful if I begin with the question posed by the noble Baroness, Lady Pinnock, and set out why the Government are bringing forward this measure in the Bill. Local people can, quite understandably, be resistant to new development in their area if they have little say over what gets built and it does not...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (10th Day): Amendment 248 (20 Apr 2023)

Earl Howe: We want to engage in extensive consultation. I have every confidence that the Government will want to garner opinion from sources that have expertise of the kind that the noble Baroness mentions, and I see no reason why the LGA will not be included in that. If I can provide her with greater certainty, I will certainly do so by letter. I will be talking more about the broader consultation...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (10th Day): Amendment 248 (20 Apr 2023)

Earl Howe: I take the noble Lord’s point. This highlights again how important it will be to ensure that the results of the consultation reflect issues such as those the noble Lord has raised. It may be that the general feeling is to go along the road the noble Lord has suggested. I do not want to pre-empt the consultation result in that sense, but let me reflect further on what he has said. Again, I...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (9th Day) (Continued): Amendment 213A (18 Apr 2023)

Earl Howe: My Lords, the two amendments in this group, Amendments 213A and 312I, tabled by the noble Baroness, Lady Hayman of Ullock, look to ensure, as she explained, that local planning authorities should consider the health and social care facilities needed for their area when considering future development. I am sure that we can agree that it is important to ensure that we have the right health and...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (9th Day): Amendment 207 (18 Apr 2023)

Earl Howe: My Lords, as we have heard, these amendments relate to housing need and the homebuying process. I will address Amendments 207 and 219A together. Amendment 207 tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Best, seeks to enable the Secretary of State to include older people’s housing needs assessments in documentation related to local plans and require that local authorities consider the needs for housing...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (9th Day): Amendment 207 (18 Apr 2023)

Earl Howe: I say to the noble Baroness that I will try to do so as I go along. First, though, I will address Amendment 210, tabled by the noble Baroness, Lady Fox of Buckley, which would require local authorities to adopt policies to ensure that the marketing of housing accurately describes the nature of the tenure. I listened to all that she said about the need to review, or indeed do away with,...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (9th Day): Amendment 207 (18 Apr 2023)

Earl Howe: In those circumstances, local plans can be checked against the assessment of need and can be shown to be defective where that is deemed to be the case—so it is not as if there is no oversight of what local authorities are doing. What we do not want to do—and I hope the noble Baroness agrees—is to get perilously close to a one-size-fits-all, top-down target mode of acting. We are trying...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (8th Day): Amendment 188 (27 Mar 2023)

Earl Howe: I would love to tell the noble Baroness how that is to be done. I will consult my officials and do my best to do so.

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (8th Day): Amendment 188 (27 Mar 2023)

Earl Howe: I have already spoken for rather a long time. If I can add some further detail to what I have already said, I think it would be appropriate for me to write to noble Lords about that. I hope and believe that the Committee will welcome the announcements that the Government have made and the direction of travel that we have set. We could be criticised if we had not announced such a direction of...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (8th Day): Amendment 188 (27 Mar 2023)

Earl Howe: My Lords, I declare my interest as the owner of let residential property. As we have heard, all the amendments in this group draw attention in their different ways to the healthy homes agenda, whether relating to the health of the population or that of the planet, as regards both planning policy and the physical delivery of new homes. There is a lot to cover, so I hope noble Lords will...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (7th Day): Amendment 180 (22 Mar 2023)

Earl Howe: That is a very relevant point. The point that has been made to us quite forcefully is that a lot of the software that is already in use is clunky and outdated, and that somehow a solution needs to be found. Clearly, the state in which systems are at the time any new system comes into play will vary from local authority to local authority. I will investigate that point further and, if I can...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (7th Day): Amendment 180 (22 Mar 2023)

Earl Howe: I simply come back to the point I am trying to emphasise, which is that the watchword here is collaboration, between central government and local authorities. We want to get this right to get a solution that local authorities themselves are comfortable with and which is compatible, authority to authority. Although the noble Lord is correct to quote the Bill as he has, our intention is not to...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (7th Day): Amendment 180 (22 Mar 2023)

Earl Howe: I can only supplement what the Bill says by saying that we do not intend to introduce any requirement for approval without the appropriate exploratory work and engagement with local authorities.


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