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Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Key Worker Living Scheme: Housing Associations (14 Dec 2022)

Lucy Frazer: The Government has brought forward a range of recent interventions to promote home ownership. As an example, the First Homes programme is designed to help local first-time buyers, and the £11.5 billion Affordable Homes Programme is intended to provide tens of thousands of new homes, a large number of which will be for Affordable and Social Rent. Housing associations are required by the...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 48 - Condition relating to development progress reports (13 Dec 2022)

Lucy Frazer: I am not going to give way; I will make substantial progress, because a lot of people have asked me questions. I want to give them commitments, and I will then be very happy to take interventions. I took all the interventions in opening the debate. My hon. Friend the Member for Milton Keynes North (Ben Everitt) made an important point about exempting affordable housing from the...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 48 - Condition relating to development progress reports (13 Dec 2022)

Lucy Frazer: I will take interventions at the end if I have time. As with any other developments, Members of Parliament and members of the public will be able to request that a DLUHC Minister call in a specific scheme if they wish, and their views will be given appropriate weight. I turn to the important matter of short-term lets. I particularly praise, as I did at the outset, the work of my hon. Friends...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 48 - Condition relating to development progress reports (13 Dec 2022)

Lucy Frazer: I am going to press on, because so many Members have raised points for me to respond to, and I would like to ensure that I cover them all. My hon. Friend the Member for Carlisle (John Stevenson) and my right hon. Friend the Member for Epsom and Ewell mentioned the work that we need to do on solar panels. My hon. Friend the Member for Carlisle said that his campaigning had been to no avail. I...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 48 - Condition relating to development progress reports (13 Dec 2022)

Lucy Frazer: I am always happy to hear recommendations from the Education Committee and work with the Department for Education. As I said, the Bill includes the ability for regulations to allow for what I think is being asked for. That is already in the Bill, and that might be the place to consider it.

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 48 - Condition relating to development progress reports (13 Dec 2022)

Lucy Frazer: No, I would like to deal with the point that was made by my friend the hon. Member for Twickenham (Munira Wilson). She raised a completely different point about the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime and whether it was covered by section 123. As I have mentioned to her, we are exploring with the Home Office whether to extend section 123 to the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime....

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 48 - Condition relating to development progress reports (13 Dec 2022)

Lucy Frazer: I know that colleagues across the House have dedicated a huge amount of time to getting the Bill to this point, and I thank them for their thoughtful contributions in Committee, in their engagement with me since I took office, and throughout today’s session, which I think has illustrated how important this piece of legislation is to the future of this country. It is further evidence of the...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 48 - Condition relating to development progress reports (13 Dec 2022)

Lucy Frazer: We are bringing through a very important first step to identify where people have short-term lets across the country and where there are local issues. We know there are issues in some local areas, but not in others. We want to establish where they are and where they are causing issues for local communities, so we can make evidence-based policy and bring forward action to ensure those...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 48 - Condition relating to development progress reports (13 Dec 2022)

Lucy Frazer: I am grateful for my right hon. Friend’s intervention, because I know he has done significant work on this issue. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs announced future funding from fines handed out to polluting water companies being invested in schemes for the benefit of our natural environment. I know he did a lot of work on that issue. On the infrastructure levy, water...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 48 - Condition relating to development progress reports (13 Dec 2022)

Lucy Frazer: My hon. Friend is a strong advocate for his area; I have dealt with him in a number of Departments, and he stands up for his community on every issue. I am grateful for the work he has done to make sure the Bill overall comes out in a good place, and I know he has also spoken to my colleagues on a number of issues. On the amendment on childcare, I should emphasise that there is a list of what...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 48 - Condition relating to development progress reports (13 Dec 2022)

Lucy Frazer: I totally understand the hon. Lady’s points, and it is crucial that children get the support, care and education they deserve. It must be the case that nurseries and pre-schools fall within the definition of “schools and other educational facilities”, which is in the list at proposed new section 204N(3)(c). There is also a question about the provision of the care within that: that would...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 48 - Condition relating to development progress reports (13 Dec 2022)

Lucy Frazer: I know that my hon. Friend is a champion for her area, which has seen significant building. I cannot comment on any particular local plans, but an area must consider all the things that it needs to thrive, and that includes houses as well as employment facilities.

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 48 - Condition relating to development progress reports (13 Dec 2022)

Lucy Frazer: I thank my right hon. Friend, and I was pleased to talk to her about her concerns, because I know that she is a huge advocate for her area. I can give her that comfort that we think it should be taken into account if areas have already over-delivered and taken significant housing. That should be taken into account when putting together the local plan.

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 48 - Condition relating to development progress reports (13 Dec 2022)

Lucy Frazer: We are taking a variety of approaches. We emphasise the importance of variety, not just in the types of accommodation provided but in the type of buildings. That is how we get more housing supply, because we will have more uptake. We are also committed to more affordable homes, and we have a £11.5 billion fund to ensure that we get those homes built. The Bill respects communities, but it...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 48 - Condition relating to development progress reports (13 Dec 2022)

Lucy Frazer: I can give a confirmation that there will be some transitional provisions enabling local councils to proceed with the plan that they are about to adopt, but if they want to reflect, there will be an opportunity to do that as well. We believe that we are improving the system through the measures that we have set out.

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 48 - Condition relating to development progress reports (13 Dec 2022)

Lucy Frazer: As I mentioned just now, the Bill is not just about building; it is also about protecting the environment. A number of measures in the Bill will ensure that we protect our natural spaces—30% of our nature—and our local nature recovery strategies, which are due to begin across England as soon as possible, were committed to in the Environment Act 2021.

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 48 - Condition relating to development progress reports (13 Dec 2022)

Lucy Frazer: I reiterate my thanks to my hon. Friend, who has worked so hard with my right hon. Friend the Member for Chipping Barnet to make sure that we get our planning system right, on behalf of and with so many colleagues on our Benches. I assure him that we in the Department for Levelling Up—me and the Secretary of State—believe that we have come to a better solution. We are committed to...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 48 - Condition relating to development progress reports (13 Dec 2022)

Lucy Frazer: I will make a little progress, because I would like to address the Government amendments, which I will do in five categories. First, we are making it easier for people to develop where they want to develop, and where it delivers the best gain to the community and ensures that planned-for development actually happens. I will highlight five measures in this first category. Through new clauses...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 48 - Condition relating to development progress reports (13 Dec 2022)

Lucy Frazer: We are looking at the issue carefully and will consult on further measures that we might be able to bring forward. I assure the hon. Gentleman that where there are reasonable avenues that we can explore, we will look closely at them.

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: New Clause 48 - Condition relating to development progress reports (13 Dec 2022)

Lucy Frazer: I am happy to discuss that issue further with my right hon. Friend. As I mentioned, we are very concerned about build-out to increase the number of homes, and I know that the Secretary of State feels strongly about quality. The second set of measures that we are introducing by way of amendments relates to infrastructure, because put simply, we cannot have houses without services to support...


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