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Results 41–60 of 1398 for speaker:Lord Barwell

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

Gavin Barwell: We have not made an assessment of the contribution of London’s zero carbon standards to the carbon reduction commitments. Local authorities can already bring forward in their local plans policies to promote low carbon development. Such policies need to have regard to national policy set out in the National Planning Policy Framework and other relevant statements of government policy.

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

Gavin Barwell: The Government is keen to see all tenants receiving a good service from their landlord and letting agent and the ban on letting fees paid by tenants will give renters greater clarity and control over what they will pay. The consultation on how best to implement the ban has been launched and will be open until 2 June 2017 and includes a question on the potential impacts of the ban.

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

Gavin Barwell: The consultation on how best to implement the ban on letting fees paid by tenants has been launched and will be open until 2 June 2017. The consultation includes a question around whether any further action is needed to regulate the letting sector in addition to the ban.

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

Gavin Barwell: The effectiveness of the current Scheme in delivering its objectives will be assessed under Part 3 of the Housing Act 2004, if and when an application is made for any further selective licensing scheme designation under the provisions of the Act.

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

Gavin Barwell: The National Planning Policy Framework sets out that planning permission should be refused for development resulting in the loss or deterioration of ancient woodland, unless the need for, and benefits of, the development in that location clearly outweigh the loss. The Housing White Paper, Fixing our broken housing market, contains proposals to clarify the protection of ancient woodland, and...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Airports: Planning Permission (24 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: All applications for planning permission, including any that are called in by the Secretary of State, must be determined in accordance with the development plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise. The National Planning Policy Framework is a material consideration in planning decisions and the Framework’s policies for delivering sustainable development must be considered as a...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Dunsfold Aerodrome (24 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: On 8 March, my Rt Hon Friend, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, called in an application for planning permission for a mixed use settlement at Dunsfold Park (aerodrome), Cranleigh, Surrey. In doing so, he explained that the matters he wished to be particularly informed about in considering the application were the location and sustainability of the proposal and any...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Equity Release: Older People (24 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The Government's Housing White Paper emphasises that helping older people to move at the right time and in the right way can help to improve their quality of life as well as freeing up more homes for other buyers.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Housing: Land (24 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The National Planning Policy Framework requires local planning authorities to identify a supply of deliverable sites sufficient to provide five years' worth of housing against their housing requirements. We do not hold information centrally on how many authorities have a deliverable five-year housing land supply because the position changes frequently, as it is subject to market conditions....

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Airports: Vacant Land (24 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: It is our National Planning Policy Framework, not regulation, that defines brownfield. This states clearly that, if a site is brownfield, it should not be assumed that the whole curtilage should be developed. Whilst this Government is keen to ensure the re-use of brownfield sites that are not of high environmental value, especially for new homes, it would be for the local authority to decide...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Building Regulations (24 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: It is for those commissioning building work to decide whether to employ a clerk of works to evaluate or supervise the building work they wish to carry out. In many cases architects, structural and civil engineers and other professionals are used as an alternative to a clerk of works.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Housing: Construction (24 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The statutory guidance in Approved Document C (Site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture) which supports the Building Regulations promotes the use of flood resilience and resistance measures in flood prone areas. The document references guidance produced jointly by the Department for Communities and Local Government, Defra and the Environment Agency – Improving the flood...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Households (24 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The Department publishes a detailed description of the methodology used to calculate the household projections, which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/2014-based-househol d-projections-methodology It should be noted that as of 23 January 2017, the responsibility for the household projections has been transferred to the Office for National Statistics, who are...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Council Housing: Sales (24 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: Under the Housing and Planning Act 2016 local authorities can be required to make a payment in respect of their higher value housing that is expected to become vacant in any year. The legislation requires various statutory processes to be followed, including consulting representatives of local government and relevant professional bodies before issuing a determination, setting out local...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Council Housing: West Bromwich East (24 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: Figures are not available at constituency level.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Private Rented Housing: West Bromwich East (24 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The Department does not produce constituency level estimates.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Affordable Housing: Construction (24 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The number of additional affordable homes are available at local authority level in live table 1008 published on the departments website. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tab les-on-affordable-housing-supply As outlined in the Written Ministerial Statement of 18 September 2012, Official Report, Column 32WS, my department no longer publishes statistics by government...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Starter Home Initiative (24 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: Our White Paper: Fixing our Broken Housing Market sets out the Government’s ambition to support more people into home ownership through a range of products, including shared ownership, rent-to-buy and starter homes. We have made strong progress by developing a framework for starter homes through the Housing and Planning Act 2016; delivering planning reforms; and making a £1.2 billion...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Assured Shorthold Tenancies (24 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: On 18 April, 20 leading members of the British Property Federation pledged to offer three-year tenancies in build-for-rent developments, and leading housing associations have made a similar pledge. We hope that will encourage a shift in the market towards more landlords offering longer tenancies.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Assured Shorthold Tenancies (24 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: My hon. Friend is right to raise the issue of security for people in the private rented sector, and he is also right to identify the issue of lending. Since the Government introduced their model tenancy agreement, which has appropriate break clauses, there is no longer any impediment to landlord customers submitting longer tenancies. The majority now permit tenancies of up to two to three years.


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