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Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Potentially Unsuitable Development Proposals (9 Jan 2023)

Lucy Frazer: I am sure other hon. Members have questions for me and other Ministers about the importance of infrastructure where we have development. Developments in urban areas have the benefit of that infrastructure, and it is important to build houses where there is infrastructure, so that uplift remains. However, the hon. Gentleman mentioned the green belt, and we are very conscious of the impact of...

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Potentially Unsuitable Development Proposals (9 Jan 2023)

Lucy Frazer: My right hon. Friend makes an excellent point, as always. We do agree that it is important that we build first on brownfield land. That is why we have a brownfield-first policy that we are absolutely committed to, and a brownfield fund to encourage investment in those areas. It is, of course, important that we have social housing, affordable housing and homes that first-time buyers can buy....

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Potentially Unsuitable Development Proposals (9 Jan 2023)

Lucy Frazer: We do ensure that. We are committed to ensuring that we have in our new infrastructure the same amount of affordable housing that we have at the moment. As I am sure the hon. Member is aware, we have a fund of £11.5 billion going into affordable housing so that developers can create the houses that people not only want but need.

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Leasehold and Freehold Reform (9 Jan 2023)

Lucy Frazer: The Government are committed to building on the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022 and delivering the second phase of our major two-part leasehold reform programme within this Parliament. This will make it easier for leaseholders to purchase their freeholds and will establish greater fairness between those parties.

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Leasehold and Freehold Reform (9 Jan 2023)

Lucy Frazer: I can give my hon. Friend assurance that the many measures we will bring in will affect not only new purchasers but existing leaseholders. We will be bringing forward legislation later in this Parliament.

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Leasehold and Freehold Reform (9 Jan 2023)

Lucy Frazer: My hon. Friend is right to highlight unfairness in relation to freeholders. Estate management companies must be more accountable to homeowners on how money is spent to maintain privately managed estates. We will be giving freehold owners on these estates new rights to challenge costs and appoint a manager, as well as requiring private estate management companies to join a redress scheme.

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Leasehold and Freehold Reform (9 Jan 2023)

Lucy Frazer: The hon. Member makes an important point, and I know that freeholders are paying charges for maintaining communal areas, known colloquially as “fleecehold”. It is something we are looking at, and I am happy to update him on that.

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Leasehold and Freehold Reform (9 Jan 2023)

Lucy Frazer: As the right hon. Gentleman will know, we are taking a number of steps in the Building Safety Act 2022 to strengthen protections for the residents living in these buildings. The Under-Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, my hon. Friend the Member for North East Derbyshire (Lee Rowley), or I will write to the right hon. Gentleman on his specific question.

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Leasehold and Freehold Reform (9 Jan 2023)

Lucy Frazer: I have had a number of conversations with my hon. Friend; I know he is very committed to this area. He will know that we are bringing in legislation in due course that will make it much easier for leaseholders to enfranchise their leases. I am already looking at the particular area that he mentions.

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Leasehold and Freehold Reform (9 Jan 2023)

Lucy Frazer: What I can confirm is that we will be bringing forward legislation in this Parliament to make valuations easier for those extending their leases, to make the lease extension experience easier and cheaper, to make it quicker for freeholders to take control of the management of their buildings with a right to manage and a number of other measures.

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Home Building (9 Jan 2023)

Lucy Frazer: The design of our homes matters. That is why we have already taken steps to embed design quality in the planning system through changes to national planning policy and guidance. Furthermore, the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill requires areas to adopt local design codes, setting clear rules for development.

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Home Building (9 Jan 2023)

Lucy Frazer: My hon. Friend is absolutely right to highlight the importance of ensuring that our homes use green energy. In 2021, the Government introduced an uplift in the energy efficiency standards that means that new homes are now expected to produce 30% less carbon dioxide than the current standards. Furthermore, that is just a stepping stone to the 2025 future homes standard. Although we do not...

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Home Building (9 Jan 2023)

Lucy Frazer: The Government have taken a number of actions on flood and waste water management, which we have increased through the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill. We will respond in due course to the consultation that the hon. Lady talked about.

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Home Building (9 Jan 2023)

Lucy Frazer: I have had a number of conversations with the hon. Gentleman, and he knows that we are taking steps to help improve and build homes in his area. Not only do we have the £11.5 billion fund, but we have taken steps on the issue of second homes that he and other hon. Members on both sides of the House have raised with me, so that we ensure that people who live in particular areas continue to...

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Home Building (9 Jan 2023)

Lucy Frazer: I wonder whether my hon. Friend is talking about self and custom-build, about which I have had many conversations with him. He knows that we are strengthening the ability in the Bill to build such homes.

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Home Building (9 Jan 2023)

Lucy Frazer: The simple fact is that under the present system, too few local authorities have local plans, because people do not want development in their area. Through the Bill, we are seeking to ensure that communities have a say on their local plans so that those plans are passed within the 30-month time limit that we have set out in the Bill.

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Residential Developments: Infrastructure Provision (9 Jan 2023)

Lucy Frazer: Providing the right infrastructure at the right time is really important to communities. That is why, in the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill, we are introducing a new infrastructure levy that will more effectively deliver infrastructure such as schools, GP surgeries and roads. It will also give the ability to a local authority to collect that money earlier. We will be publishing a...

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Residential Developments: Infrastructure Provision (9 Jan 2023)

Lucy Frazer: I am pleased to hear about this successful development and look forward to seeing it. Due to the quasi-judicial role of Ministers in the planning system, I cannot comment on specific planning applications. However, as part of the new infrastructure levy, we are very committed to ensuring that the infrastructure delivery strategies, which councils will have to put together, will make it...

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: First-time Buyers (9 Jan 2023)

Lucy Frazer: There are currently no plans to further extend or replace Help to Buy, but all options to increase home ownership are kept under review. Our other schemes, including shared ownership, the mortgage guarantee scheme and First Homes, which have been trialled in my hon. Friend’s constituency, continue to support first-time buyers.

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: First-time Buyers (9 Jan 2023)

Lucy Frazer: We do not currently have plans to do so, but we will keep that under review. Since 2010, more than 819,000 households have been helped to purchase a home through Government-backed schemes. That includes how we cut stamp duty land tax, and extended the mortgage guarantee for a further year to maintain the availability of mortgages to buyers with only a 5% deposit.


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