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Results 21–40 of 1398 for speaker:Lord Barwell

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Housing: Construction (26 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The remit of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) is set out in the NIC’s framework document, published in January 2017. The NIC has a mandate to examine all sectors of economic infrastructure; it does not have a role in overseeing the number of homes built on public land. While the NIC will not make recommendations on social infrastructure, it will consider the potential impact of...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Housing: Construction (26 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The Public Land for Housing programme was announced at Autumn Statement 2015 and aims to dispose of surplus government-owned land in England with capacity for at least 160,000 homes by the end of March 2020. This will increase the supply of land for housing development and contribute towards improving the efficiency and sustainability of the government’s estate. Each department is...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Housing: Planning (26 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: This government has no such plans, but in our Housing White Paper we set out a range of measures to speed up build out. The consultation is currently open.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Letting Agents: Fees and Charges (26 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: While we recognise that the housing market is different throughout England, evidence shows that concerns associated with letting agents charging fees to tenants are prevalent across the whole country, not just particular regions. Our consultation exercise also seeks evidence to inform the future approach.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Private Rented Housing (26 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: Licensing is effective in delivering improved standards in the private sector when applied as necessary, for example, to target high risk houses in multiple occupation, or in specific areas that are suffering from problems, such as those associated with low demand for housing or anti-social behaviour.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Landlords (26 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The Government is committed to providing a strong professional private rented sector with decent standards and good service. An existing framework provides local authorities with strong powers to require that landlords make necessary improvements to a property. Through the Housing and Planning Act 2016 the Government introduced a range of new measures to crack down further on rogue landlords....

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Infrastructure: Sussex (26 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: Between 2011-12 and 2015-16, total net housing additions in West Sussex were 15,280, of which 3,470 were accounted for by Mid Sussex. The planning system offers a number of tools to help ensure development of new homes contribute to meeting infrastructure need, including the community infrastructure levy and planning obligations where necessary to make development acceptable. Although my...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Landlords: Newham (26 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The Department will assess the effectiveness of the current licensing scheme adopted by the London Borough of Newham in delivering its objectives under Part 3 of the Housing Act 2004 if and when an application is made to the Secretary of State by the borough for confirmation of any further licensing designation under the provisions of the Act.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Neighbourhood Development Plans (26 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: We have strengthened Neighbourhood Planning through the Neighbourhood Planning (General) and Development Management Procedure (Amendment) Regulations 2016 that implement powers in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 and proposed measures in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill. In addition, my recent Neighbourhood Planning written ministerial statement of 12 December 2016 further strengthened...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Housing: Green Belt (25 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The Housing White Paper sets out the government’s intentions to strengthen national planning policy to build more homes in the right places. Current projections assume that net migration will fall. Nearly two thirds of the growth in households will come from natural change in the population, not net migration. Even if net migration fell by more than projected we would still face a...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Apprentices (25 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: (a) The Homes and Communities Agency has run its own apprenticeship scheme since 2012 and eight individuals have completed apprenticeships during this time. Of these, all are permanently employed, including two by the Agency. A further apprentice is in their second year on the current scheme. The Homes and Communities Agency will recruit more apprentices from May 2017. It will endeavour to...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Tenancy Deposit Schemes (25 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The three government approved Tenancy Deposit Schemes in England help ensure that tenants are treated fairly at the end of their tenancy through protecting deposits. A) The number of deposits received/protected in the last five years (live numbers at the end of March for each year) 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Deposit Protection Service (DPS) 856,796 997,505 1,118,192 1,191,508...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Private Rented Housing (25 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The Department's English Housing Survey estimates that, in 2015-16, 20 per cent of households in England live in the private rented sector. This equates to about 4.5 million households. Estimates are not available for constituency and the Department does not publish regional estimates. A table with data for the last 10 years can be found here:...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Homes and Communities Agency: Public Appointments (25 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government makes appointments to the Board of the Homes and Communities Agency. The Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments and the Parliamentary Secretary (Minister for the Constitution) Chris Skidmore MP, maintain an overview of all public appointments. The Cabinet Office Public Appointments team provide advice as required at each...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Tenancy Deposit Schemes (25 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The Tenancy Deposit Schemes in England currently protect over 3 million deposits on behalf of tenants, helping to raise standards in the private rented sector and ensuring that tenants are treated fairly at the end of their tenancy. If there is a dispute about the amount of the deposit to be returned, the tenant and the landlord can either agree to use the free Alternative Dispute Resolution...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Letting Agents: North East (25 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: At present, no additional workshops are planned.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Housing: Derelict Land (25 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: This Government has committed to increasing the take-up of brownfield sites for development, especially for new homes. Our National Planning Policy Framework asks local authorities to encourage re-use of brownfield sites wherever practicable, and the law now requires each local authority to maintain a register of local brownfield sites suitable for housing. However, for a brownfield site to...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Homes and Communities Agency: Public Appointments (25 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The campaign for the last Homes and Communities Agency Board member recruitment, in August 2016, received seventy three applications.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Right to Buy Scheme: Affordable Housing (25 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The 2012 reinvigorated Right to Buy scheme increased maximum discounts to realistic levels and, for the first time ever, introduced a requirement that for every additional sale, a new affordable home would be provided. There is a rolling 3 year deadline for local authorities to deliver additional affordable homes under the reinvigorated Right to Buy, and so far they have delivered within...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Affordable Housing (25 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The first year of the Community Housing Fund was distributed through local authorities and used to build capacity within local groups. Funding for 2017/18 will be used to deliver housing on the ground for local people.


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