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Revised National Planning Framework (23 Jan 2024)

Maria Miller: On that point about exceptional circumstances, many local authorities appear to be concerned that pleading exceptional circumstances will land them with a big legal bill and that they will be challenged in the courts. Can the Minister give some comfort to those authorities that such cases will be looked upon by planning inspectors as something that they expect?

Revised National Planning Framework (23 Jan 2024)

Maria Miller: I am grateful for having secured this debate, and even more grateful that the Minister for Housing, Planning and Building Safety is here to respond. In December, the Government announced significant changes to their house building planning policy, giving new powers and freedoms to local planning authorities, such as mine in Basingstoke and Deane, through changes to the national planning...

Revised National Planning Framework (23 Jan 2024)

Maria Miller: It is as if the hon. Lady has read what I am about to say—she is completely right. Cutting house building in Basingstoke will better reflect the situation we have in our community, and that is what my residents want to see, not those numbers continuing to be set from Whitehall.

Revised National Planning Framework (23 Jan 2024)

Maria Miller: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. Each of those considerations is different in our individual constituencies, so rather than taking a sledgehammer and telling each of our local authorities how many houses to build, they should reflect the nuance that the hon. Gentleman mentions. As the Secretary of State set out when he announced the changes to the national planning policy framework, it...

Revised National Planning Framework (23 Jan 2024)

Maria Miller: I am sure the hon. Gentleman’s point has been heard loud and clear by the Minister. He is right that those are essential services on which all our residents now rely. The updated NPPF deliberately does not provide an exhaustive list of the applicable exceptional circumstances. The NPPF now shows that exceptional circumstances are not to be drawn narrowly, which was too often asserted in the...

Revised National Planning Framework (23 Jan 2024)

Maria Miller: The right hon. Gentleman may not know this, but I am the mother of two musicians and I would have to agree with him—for fear of the consequences if I did not. I hope that the Minister has listened to him as well, as he makes a valid point. I know from conversations that I have had on the doorsteps in Basingstoke for many years that excessive house building is the No. 1 issue for many...

Prime Minister: Engagements (17 Jan 2024)

Maria Miller: It is against the law to silence victims of crime, but that is exactly what the Post Office did through the use of non-disclosure agreements, and this is just the most recent case of NDAs covering up mismanagement, misconduct and even crimes at work. Will my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister consider banning their use in all severance agreements once and for all?

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Housing: Regional Planning and Development (15 Jan 2024)

Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the oral contribution of 13 December 2022 of the Minister of State, Department or Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on Consideration of the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill, Official Report column 957, how the revised National Planning Policy Framework takes into account areas that have...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Housing: Regional Planning and Development (15 Jan 2024)

Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to paragraph 61 of the National Planning Policy Framework, published on 19 December 2023, how his Department defines exceptional circumstance in relation to housebuilding numbers.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Housing: Regional Planning and Development (15 Jan 2024)

Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to paragraph 61 of the National Planning Policy Framework, published on 19 December 2023, whether high historic housebuilding numbers might be considered to be an exceptional circumstance.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Housing: Regional Planning and Development (15 Jan 2024)

Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to paragraph 61 of the National Planning Policy Framework, published on 19 December 2023, whether the definition of exceptional circumstance has been influenced by case law.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Housing (11 Jan 2024)

Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department takes to ensure that calculated local housing need reflects the housing need of the local population.

Post Office Horizon Scandal (10 Jan 2024)

Maria Miller: I welcome the announcement. The evidence is clear that hundreds of victims have lost trust in the criminal justice system, so we need an exceptional process that ensures that every miscarriage of justice can be put right. However, the scandal involves more than financial redress. There are reports that the Post Office insisted on non-disclosure agreements, which silenced victims. In...

Post Office Horizon Scandal (10 Jan 2024)

Maria Miller: That was not my point.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Council Housing: Construction (10 Jan 2024)

Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many new houses were built in each local authority in each of the last 30 years.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Council Housing: Construction (10 Jan 2024)

Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, which local authority areas have built homes for more than 100,000 people in the last 30 years.

Prime Minister: Engagements (10 Jan 2024)

Maria Miller: The Prime Minister knows that in Basingstoke we also need a new hospital. That is why he has given £900 million for our hospital trust to make that happen. Does he agree that that is a once-in-a-lifetime investment and must not just modernise the NHS healthcare that is provided, but support his plan to double medical training places by 2031? We are also ready to build our hospital a bit...


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