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Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing: Construction (6 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: National planning policy continues to emphasise the role of planning in protecting and enhancing our natural environment, and helping to improve biodiversity. The National Planning Policy Framework is being revised, and during the recent consultation we received many responses regarding the importance of biodiversity and other environmental issues. We have considered all the consultation...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Social Rented Housing (6 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: Primary legislation gives local authorities the power to borrow in sterling, from any lender, without prior government consent, subject only to assuring themselves that their borrowing is affordable.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing Revenue Accounts (6 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: Of the 166 local authorities with a Housing Revenue Account, 104 are in an area of high affordability pressure and are eligible to bid for the additional borrowing programme (63 per cent). A list of eligible authorities is contained in the bidding prospectus.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing Revenue Accounts: Cheshire (6 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: On 26 June the Secretary of State invited local authorities in high affordability pressure areas to bid for the £1 billion additional borrowing programme. The prospectus inviting bids sets out which local authorities are eligible to bid. Chester and Cheshire West Borough Council is not eligible to bid as it does not meet the definition of affordability pressure as set out in the prospectus.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing Revenue Accounts (6 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: The metric that is used to assess whether a local authority is in an area of high affordability pressure is whether it has a difference of £50, or more, per week between average social and private rents at the local authority level. As this data is only available at the local authority level, bids can not be accepted in respect of geographic areas that are smaller than local authority areas.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing: Fire Prevention (6 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: Local authorities have strong and effective powers to deal with poor quality unsafe accommodation and they have a statutory duty to keep housing conditions in their areas under review. They should take enforcement action against owners of buildings in their areas that are not acting responsibly in respect of hazards, and we encourage them to use these powers to the fullest to ensure residents...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: High Rise Flats: Insulation (6 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: As of 14 June 2018, from the results of Building Research Establishment large-scale system tests and the information provided to us by local authorities we know of 297 private sector residential buildings with cladding systems that are unlikely to meet current Building Regulations guidance. Local authorities have told us about plans for remediating 72 buildings. Of these, 21 buildings have...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Occupational Therapy: Health Services (5 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: Holding answer received on 03 July 2018 Contributions from development towards local infrastructure are collected primarily through two mechanisms, Section 106 planning obligations and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). Local authorities can use both mechanisms to help fund public health infrastructure. Local planning authorities should work closely with healthcare...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Planning Permission (5 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: For the first time, the Government has proposed that the new National Planning Policy Framework set out that a local authority, before planning to alter a Green Belt boundary, should show that it has examined all other reasonable options for addressing its identified development needs: making as much use as possible of brownfield and under-used land; optimising density; and discussing with...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Social Rented Housing (4 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: Holding answer received on 25 June 2018 The Housing and Planning Act 2016 introduced changes to local authority tenancies by making it mandatory for most new council tenancies to be for a fixed term. Regulations and statutory guidance are necessary to implement the fixed term tenancy provisions in the Housing and Planning Act and the next steps will be set out in due course.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Social Rented Housing: South West (4 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: There are a number of innovative social housing projects in the South West, with social housing providers actively working with SMEs, leveraging small sites to increase delivery and offering custom build affordable housing. The Government is continuing to support the delivery of social housing in the South West and across the country. We are providing over £9 billion funding for the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Nature Conservation (4 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: This Government is committed to the strengthened environmental protections proposed in the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), and making these clear. The revised Framework we consulted on proposed a number of measures, including by requiring local authorities to improve biodiversity and air quality, and delivering our manifesto commitment to increase the protection for ancient...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Right to Buy Scheme: Housing Associations (4 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: We remain committed to ensuring that housing association tenants have the opportunity to own their homes, and are using pilots to make sure we get the policy right. The forthcoming large-scale regional pilot in the Midlands, which will launch in the summer, will test key aspects of the voluntary agreement with housing associations not tested in the initial small-scale pilot, including the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Affordable Housing: Rural Areas (4 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: The rural exception sites policy has been revised in the draft National Planning Policy Framework to make it clear that local authorities should support opportunities to bring forward sites that will provide affordable housing to meet identified local needs. We intend to publish the final version of the revised Framework this summer.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Affordable Housing: Construction (4 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: The Government believes that good design is fundamental to creating attractive, safe and healthy places, where people genuinely want to live. The draft revised National Planning Policy Framework sets out a range of policies to improve the quality and design of new housing stock which applies across all tenures and sites.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing: Construction (4 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: Government wants to ensure that plans start from an honest assessment of need for new homes, the draft revised National Planning Policy Framework proposes that local authorities provide designated neighbourhood planning areas with a housing requirement figure. Our guidance is also clear that local planning authorities should provide constructive comments on an emerging neighbourhood plan...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing: Construction (3 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: House building allocations are not set by Government, it is for local authorities to do so through their own plan making process. The draft revised National Planning Policy Framework proposes to introduce a number of measures that will make plan making easier, cheaper and more transparent. We intend to publish the final version of the revised Framework this summer.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Right to Buy Scheme: Housing Associations (3 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: The forthcoming Midlands pilot will give thousands more housing association tenants the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of home ownership. The pilot will enable us to test key aspects of the voluntary agreement with housing associations not tested in the initial small-scale pilot, including the portable discount and one for one replacement. It will also allow us to better understand the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing: Birmingham (3 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: The Government are dedicated to improving design quality in housing, so that it is of a consistently high level across the country. The revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) applies to development nationally. The NPPF has a dedicated chapter on design quality, which states that permission should be refused for development of poor design, and applications that demonstrate early and...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Electric Cables: Standards (2 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: The independent review of building regulations and fire safety, which recently reported, made a number of recommendations about the testing and labelling of products with safety implications. The Government is considering its response to the recommendations. As part of that process, the Government will review evidence related to the classification of electrical cabling.


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