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Results 101–120 of 1401 for speaker:Lord Barwell

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...

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

Gavin Barwell: The roll-out of the new strategic approach to great crested newt licencing will begin in Kent in 2017-18 and the wider nationwide roll-out to other affected local authority areas will be set up over three years beginning in 2017-18. Within this timescale, Natural England will consider district licences for 150 local authority areas. This will be based on an assessment of the impact of the...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Letting Agents: Fees and Charges (3 Apr 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The Government intends to implement the ban on letting agent fees paid by tenants as soon as Parliamentary time allows further to consultation with the sector on the detail of the ban. The consultation will be launched imminently.

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Communities and Local Government: Outcome of the Review of the Architects Registration Board (30 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The UK has a reputation for the high quality of its architectural profession. To maintain that reputation it is important that anyone who hires an architect can be assured of their competence. This is partly why we have a system of regulation under the Architects Act where nobody can use the title of architect unless they are registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB). However it...

Petition - School Funding in Tonbridge and Malling: Hyde Housing (Lambeth) (29 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: I congratulate the hon. Member for Vauxhall (Kate Hoey) not just on securing this debate, but on the eloquence with which she has set out her constituents’ concerns. I assure her that the House has listened very carefully to what she has said about the situation her constituents are experiencing. I was pleased to hear of the initial improvements that Hyde delivered after the transfers, and...

Joint Spatial Plan (Thornbury and Yate) — [Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] (29 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Turner. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Thornbury and Yate (Luke Hall), both on securing this debate on a subject that is clearly very important to him and, more importantly, to his constituents, and on the eloquence with which he set out his case. I have listened carefully to his concerns about the adequacy of...

Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Duty to have regard to post-examination neighbourhood development plan (28 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: Let me briefly respond to the points made by the hon. Member for Bassetlaw (John Mann) and my right hon. Friend the Member for Arundel and South Downs (Nick Herbert). The hon. Gentleman asked whether a council can designate particular sites for housing for the elderly, and the simple answer is yes, it can. They have powers to do that already, and in the guidance we issue we might want to...

Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Duty to have regard to post-examination neighbourhood development plan (28 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: Both sides of the House can lay claim to that good localist principle. The evidence is clear, and that is why the Government are keen to see neighbourhood planning turbocharged around the country. I will say a little more about that shortly, but first I want to respond to the points my right hon. Friend made, because the overall argument is relevant to both aspects. I will deal with my right...

Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Duty to have regard to post-examination neighbourhood development plan (28 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: It is not an easy question for me to answer, because I am not aware of the nature of Lord Taylor’s interest in this matter, so I cannot really respond to it at the Dispatch Box. However, I am sure that his attention will be drawn to the concerns raised on the Floor of the House and that he will make the record clear. I want to say a few words about neighbourhood planning in general and...

Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Duty to have regard to post-examination neighbourhood development plan (28 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: There are exceptions to every rule. Although I cannot get drawn into discussing that case, perhaps I can give some hypothetical examples. Certain types of application raise issues of key pieces of national infrastructure that have relevance beyond an individual local community. I invite hon. Members to imagine that a neighbouring local authority to their own were considering an application...

Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Duty to have regard to post-examination neighbourhood development plan (28 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: I will happily talk to the hon. Gentleman outside the Chamber, but there is a difficulty. I cannot discuss individual applications, so I will not take a further intervention. I am happy to have a separate discussion. There have been no votes on the two areas on which the Government disagree with the Lords amendments, which I hope sends a clear message to the other place about the unanimity in...

Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Duty to have regard to post-examination neighbourhood development plan (28 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: The Government and the Whips Office in particular always welcome a sinner who repenteth. My hon. Friend makes two very good points. The White Paper proposes moving to a standard methodology for the assessment of need, and we will incentivise all local authorities to use it. None the less, it remains the case that that methodology will provide a number of the total amount of housing need, but...

Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Duty to have regard to post-examination neighbourhood development plan (28 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: That is not an easy question to answer in the abstract. Generally speaking—I am not an expert on this; I am sure the hon. Gentleman will correct me if I am wrong—in most of the devolution agreements that have set up a requirement to produce a spatial strategy, each of the individual constituent authorities in the combined authority has a veto. That is certainly the case in Greater...

Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Duty to have regard to post-examination neighbourhood development plan (28 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: If I allow the hon. Gentleman to intervene, that will give me more time to think, so I will happily take another intervention.

Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Duty to have regard to post-examination neighbourhood development plan (28 Mar 2017)

Gavin Barwell: I will find out from my officials when I leave the Chamber whether my instincts about that were good. I will happily discuss the matter further with the hon. Gentleman, perhaps when I have the opportunity to visit his constituency. We have been thinking about the question of transition in relation to the new standard methodology, and we will consult on that shortly. I have no doubt that, when...


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