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Results 81–100 of 1395 for speaker:Lord Barwell

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (24 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: Local authorities have a number of key roles: first, to produce a local plan that is based on an honest assessment of the level of need; and secondly, then to deliver that plan—the new housing delivery test is key in that regard. Thirdly, looking back when we did build enough homes in this country, local authorities played a crucial role in building themselves. We want to support local...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (24 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: Our planning system is built on a high level of community involvement at every stage. Local councils should work with communities in developing their local plan—an issue raised by my hon. Friend the Member for Pudsey (Stuart Andrew) in relation to Leeds City Council. Constituents also have the opportunity to make representations on planning applications and on appeals, but I am sorry that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (24 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: I hope that the housing White Paper will help my hon. Friend, who is passionate about protecting ancient woodland in her constituency, in two regards. First, the new standard methodology will give a much clearer indication of the real level of housing need in her area. Secondly, we propose to increase the protections of ancient woodland, which is a precious resource that we have inherited...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Change of Use (20 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: We expect all housing to be of good quality and to avoid a race to the bottom in size. Building regulations are there to ensure new homes are safe, secure and sustainable. The White Paper 'Fixing our broken housing market' is clear that it is important that we deliver a range of housing types and tenures to meet a range of housing needs. As part of this the permitted development right for the...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Council Housing: Repairs and Maintenance (20 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: Following leaseholders’ concerns about high service charges for capital works programmes, the Department for Communities and Local Government introduced The Social Landlords Mandatory Reduction of Service Charges (England) Direction 2014 which capped service charges payable by local authority leaseholders in respect of major works funded, in whole or in part, by Government. Local Government...

Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee (19 Apr 2017)

Communities and Local Government: Housing White Paper and business rates. 2:45 pm; The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
Witnesses: Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Gavin Barwell MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Minster for London, Department for Communities and Local Government Marcus Jones MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Local Government, Department for Communities and Local Government

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Housing: Sales (18 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The Government has been clear in its intention to publish a call for evidence looking at the process of buying and selling a home. We will use the responses received from this call for evidence to determine which changes have the greatest potential to improve the consumer experience. This call for evidence will be launched in the coming months.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Land Use (18 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The analysis comes from Savills (2016) and is based on land registered with Land Registry. The report is indicative of the magnitude of local government land ownership, including all registered operational land in the public sector. The report is available from Savills via the following link: http://www.savills.co.uk/research_articles/141280/202113-0

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Land Use: Bristol (18 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: As set out in the Public Land for Housing Annual Report, by 30 September 2016 the total housing capacity of land either identified for sale or already sold by all departments contributing to the programme was 145,492, against a target of 160,000 units. A total of 101 of these units are in Bristol. This does not include local authority owned land. Cabinet Office records show that central...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Private Rented Housing: Carbon Monoxide (18 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The Government introduced the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) regulations in 2015 to protect private sector tenants from death or injury in the home caused by smoke and carbon monoxide poisoning. The Government plans to conduct a review of the regulations by the end of 2017. My officials meet regularly with associations of landlords, and will of course discuss with them the review...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Rented Housing: Carbon Monoxide (18 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The Government plans to conduct a review of the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) regulations 2015 regulations by the end of 2017. The Department meets regularly with the National Landlords Association and other landlord and tenant representatives. The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 apply in England only. There are separate requirements for Scotland under...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Rented Housing: Carbon Monoxide (18 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: Solid fuel appliances are responsible for a disproportionate number of carbon monoxide deaths and injuries compared to other combustion appliances. The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) regulations 2015 require landlords to have a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (e.g. a coal fire, wood burning stove) in their rented properties. Additionally,...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Wind Power: Decommissioning (18 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: Planning guidance is clear that Local Planning Authorities should ensure turbines are removed when no longer in use and land is restored to an appropriate use. Local Planning Authorities can use planning conditions to ensure this happens. Wind farms, like other developments granted planning permission must be constructed and operated according to the decision notice issued and any specific...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Public Lavatories: Disability (6 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: Holding answer received on 22 February 2017 Government recognises the importance of Changing Places toilets and has worked with organisations such as MENCAP, PAMIS, and the British Toilet Association to support increased voluntary provision over recent years. Since 2007, when the Department for Communities and Local Government became involved with Changing Places toilets, the number...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Forests and Trees: Conservation (5 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: Paragraph 118 of the National Planning Policy Framework provides strong protection for irreplaceable habitats such as ancient woodland and veteran trees. We are consulting on placing our policy on ancient woodland and veteran trees alongside other national policies, for example Green Belt, which the government regards as providing a strong reason to restrict development when preparing plans,...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Leasehold Advisory Service (4 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: Holding answer received on 23 February 2017 The terms and conditions of appointment confirm that the Chair of the Leasehold Advisory Service must declare any personal or business interests which may, or may be perceived to, influence their judgements in performing their functions. These interests are included in a register of interests maintained by LEASE which the Chair is obliged...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Leasehold Advisory Service (4 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: Holding answer received on 23 February 2017 The main purpose of the Leasehold Advisory Service is to support leaseholders by providing impartial free initial advice. It is desirable for Board members of the Leasehold Advisory Service to have knowledge or experience of the housing sector, particularly issues that affect the residential leasehold sector. However, there is no current...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Empty Property: Easington (4 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The number of empty homes in England is at its lowest since records began. At May 2010 over 300,000 homes in England had been standing empty for longer than 6 months. As of October 2015, the number had fallen to 203,596. Local authorities already have powers and incentives to tackle empty homes. Through the New Homes Bonus they earn the same financial reward for bringing an empty home back...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Landlords: Regulation (4 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The Government is committed to building a strong private rented sector, which provides security and stability for both tenants and landlords. To promote responsible lettings, we have issued ‘How to Rent’ guidance on gov.uk and made it a legal requirement, since 1 October 2014, for letting and managing agents in England to belong to one of the three Government approved redress schemes,...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Starter Home Initiative (4 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: Starter homes form an important part of our action to help over 200,000 people become home owners by the end of the Parliament as set out in our Housing White Paper: Fixing Our Broken Housing Market. We have made strong progress developing a framework for starter homes through the Housing and Planning Act 2016; planning reforms; and the £1.2 billion starter homes land fund. We expect the...


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