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Local Democracy in the United Kingdom — Motion to Take Note (28 Jan 2016)

Lord Porter of Spalding: (Maiden Speech) My Lords, I am delighted to follow the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Durham. It is somewhat with a sense of trepidation that I speak from these Benches for the first time. When introduced to your Lordships’ House, my daughter Gemma observed that it was the first time she had ever seen me looking nervous. Today will be the second. This has not been helped by finding...

Local Government Finance — Statement (8 Feb 2016)

Lord Porter of Spalding: My Lords, I point noble Lords to my registered interests but more particularly, for the purpose of this, to the fact that I am chairman of the cross-party Local Government Association, in which the Conservatives are only 40% of the total voting weight. I need to make it clear that I am a Conservative but am chairman of a cross-party organisation, and our organisation broadly welcomes...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (8 Mar 2016)

Lord Porter of Spalding: My Lords, can I declare all of my interests, although we might be here forever? I am chairman of the Local Government Association, leader of South Holland District Council, chairman of South Holland homes, which is a community interest housing company. I am also a private sector landlord. One of our rural housing providers delivered six code level 6 homes for us about four years ago, which...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (8 Mar 2016)

Lord Porter of Spalding: My Lords, perhaps the Committee will indulge me for a few minutes. I benefited from the right to buy in the 1980s, so unusually I have to disagree with the noble Lord, Lord Best, because I think that that was one of the mistakes this House has made in the past 30-odd years. The number of people who could have had access to home ownership was reduced, and as a country that is something we...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (8 Mar 2016)

Lord Porter of Spalding: I shall respond briefly to the noble Baroness. The point I made was that if I was living in that property paying rent for the next 74 years, or if I bought it and released the equity in it so that the landlord could invest the money in a replacement, it cannot be said that there would not be additional units because clearly there would be. The equity that was tied up in that unit was freed....

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (8 Mar 2016)

Lord Porter of Spalding: I largely agree with the noble Baroness: it is not right that local authorities are funding inefficient RSLs to make the discount up. The money should come first and foremost from the RSLs, but again, nobody on the other Benches is making that case. The case should be made that RSLs should be forced to sweat their assets properly. They are sitting on more than £2.5 billion on their balance...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (8 Mar 2016)

Lord Porter of Spalding: I will ask two questions. To go back to the same principle, what difference does it make whether somebody exercises the right to buy and then occupies a property or whether they free up the equity they have in it, buy something else, and then put that property back into the private rented sector? If somebody is living in it, they are living in it, so I am not sure that the noble Lord has the...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (5th Day) (10 Mar 2016)

Lord Porter of Spalding: My Lords, before I speak, I should refer to my previous declarations of interest. I am not sure whether I keep having to do this because they have been set out in previous debates. Obviously my noble friend the Minister will not expect me to support taking assets from well-run councils and giving them to poorly-run housing associations, but I do support the Government’s commitment to...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (5th Day) (10 Mar 2016)

Lord Porter of Spalding: My Lords, I hope nobody thinks that this is about one type of council cross-subsidising another type of council. This money will go nowhere near councils. That is what is wrong with this Bill: it takes money from councils and gives it to not-councils. Councils that have already transferred their stock cannot be levied because they do not have the HRA, as the noble Lord, Lord Kerslake, has...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (8th Day) (22 Mar 2016)

Lord Porter of Spalding: My Lords, I remind everyone that I declared a bunch of interests at the start of the debates. I am going to add another one now, seeing that the NPPF has been mentioned. I was one of the four practitioners who wrote the original draft of the NPPF, and I confirm that it is not necessary to add this set of words to the Bill, because that is what the NPPF already does. It is about sustainable...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (8th Day) (22 Mar 2016)

Lord Porter of Spalding: My Lords, the person the planning permission has been granted to might not necessarily be the one developing the site anyway, so to make the original grantee of the planning permission responsible for development is not practical, or probably legal. As has already been said, some sites will be a phased process so rather than a seven-year arbitrary deadline, developers should be working with...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (8th Day) (22 Mar 2016)

Lord Porter of Spalding: I totally agree—the land is where the planning permission sits, but that is not what the noble Lord’s amendment says.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (8th Day) (22 Mar 2016)

Lord Porter of Spalding: My Lords, I do not wish to drag this out any longer, but I feel the need to support this amendment given that I am the chairman of the Local Government Association and local government nationally is subsidising the planning system by about £150 million a year. As the noble Lord, Lord True, said, to make money on planning is probably a step too far, but we should certainly be in a position...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (23 Mar 2016)

Lord Porter of Spalding: My Lords, I refer the Committee to my pre-declared bunch of interests. I do not know whether I have to declare them again—someone will have to explain the rules to me. I am sure that noble Lords will be surprised to hear that I am not that bothered whether local government has to face competition in dealing with planning decisions. On the basis that they already cost local government a...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (23 Mar 2016)

Lord Porter of Spalding: My Lords, I do not know how to add this new interest into the debate, but at some point, I will have another company set up that will put me back into doing small-scale development with my son-in-law. The accountants are working on it now, and I am going to put this in the register as soon as it is done, but noble Lords need to know it now, because I am going to speak specifically from a...

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (1st Day) (11 Apr 2016)

Lord Porter of Spalding: My Lords, as this is the first time I have spoken on Report, I remind the House of my declaration of interests. It is long and exhaustive, and I do not propose to read it out again. Noble Lords should refer to previous copies of Hansard or to the register, where it is all recorded. I support my noble friend Lord True on the age restriction. I would not go through the wrong Lobby on this minor...

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (2nd Day) (13 Apr 2016)

Lord Porter of Spalding: My Lords, I rise to speak to Amendment 54 and the other amendments that would add those two letters, “er”, to the word “high” in the clause. Noble Lords will already appreciate my lack of a grasp of the English language, but even I could see how dangerous those two small letters would have been in the wrong hands. I thank my noble friend the Minister for clarifying the Government’s...

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (2nd Day) (13 Apr 2016)

Lord Porter of Spalding: I cannot let that remark go unchallenged. The problem of the housing shortage in this country is not the fault of any local authority; it is the fault of successive Governments of all colours. They have gone out of their way to stifle the ability of local councils to build houses. I am pleased that the current Government and, to some extent, the coalition Government moved towards that. I am...

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (3rd Day) (Continued) (18 Apr 2016)

Lord Porter of Spalding: My Lords, perhaps I may seek clarification that we are talking only about nominations to boards of RSLs and not nomination rights over where the tenants who occupy their homes come from. All those homes that were transferred under LSVT were transferred on the basis that the host council which decided to transfer would maintain its nomination rights. I appreciate that the noble Lord, Lord...

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (3rd Day) (Continued) (18 Apr 2016)

Lord Porter of Spalding: My Lords, I had no intention of speaking at this point because I have an amendment in the next group, but we need to stop perpetuating this myth that social housing is subsidised by the taxpayer. Well-prepared, well-delivered social housing is a financial benefit for this country. All the money we have mortgaged in those properties is about a third of its total value. If we are truly...


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