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Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (5th Day): Amendment 191 ( 4 Sep 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I think it was the noble Lord, Lord Deben, who said that our planet faces an existential crisis. We must ensure that we take every opportunity to deliver policies and practices that will enable us to tackle the climate change emergency. The noble Lord, Lord Lansley, was right to say that the beauty of Amendment 191 is that it deals with national policy—it could and should be in...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (5th Day): Amendment 184A ( 4 Sep 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, this policy proposal is one of the most contentious issues that we have debated throughout the course of the Bill. So far, it has been a very thoughtful and considered debate about the importance or otherwise of having a centralised group of planning policies imposed on local authorities. This approach, of having a set of national policies that are imposed on local planning...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (5th Day): Amendment 183 ( 4 Sep 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Lansley, has raised a very important point about the effectiveness of a plan-led system if local plans are not up to date. The noble Lord, Lord Deben, has enhanced that argument by saying that people need to know where they are. If this is only in guidance, but we require there to be local plans—as we do in a plan-led system—why is it not incorporated in...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (5th Day): Amendment 164 ( 4 Sep 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, it is as if we were never away. I remind the House of my relevant interests as a councillor on Kirklees Council and a vice-president of the Local Government Association. The noble Baroness, Lady Hayman of Ullock, made a very strong case in support of her Amendment 164, to which I have added my name. This amendment is so important because this is, after all, a levelling-up Bill. If...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (4th Day): Amendment 163 (20 Jul 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, Amendment 282D in my name would require the Chancellor of the Exchequer to undertake a review of the business rates system. The Government know that the current system is flawed and fails to reflect modern business practices. There have been several Bills in the last few years that have tweaked the non-domestic rating system—as the Minister knows, we have one currently before the...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (4th Day): Amendment 152 (20 Jul 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I thank the Minister for this group of amendments, which largely—not entirely—relate to the rights and responsibilities of Senedd Cymru. Throughout the Bill the Government have had to bring back, as amendments, changes to it to reflect the devolution rights and responsibilities of both the Scottish Government and the Senedd Cymru. It strikes me as unfortunate that, even 10 years...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 102 (18 Jul 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, my noble friend Lady Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville is unfortunately unable to attend today, as she is not well. I will say a few words on her behalf. First, I endorse entirely what has already been said about the environmental importance of chalk streams. I think it was David Attenborough who described them as one of the rarest habitats on earth. If David Attenborough says that,...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 100 (18 Jul 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, this is an important set of amendments from the noble Baroness, Lady Hayman of Ullock. They seek assurances from the Government that the replacement for the existing environmental tests for development—environmental outcomes reports—will be as robust as the ones they will replace. The noble Baroness, Lady Hayman of Ullock, made a powerful case for a non-regression clause with...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 95 (18 Jul 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I thank the noble Lords, Lord Young and Lord Lansley, for throwing some much-needed light on the practicalities of community land auctions. During the debate in Committee, a number of us expressed scepticism about the value of having this in the Bill and how it will work. Nevertheless, it is a pilot scheme; there are plenty of reservations in the Bill itself that may make it more...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 68 (18 Jul 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords for their contributions and challenges to what I have said during this important debate. I particularly thank the Minister for being so generous with her time prior to Report in order to discuss these issues and to respond so constructively to the elements raised in Committee about affordable housing concerns, as well as for having spoken so...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 68 (18 Jul 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, before I start, I repeat my relevant interests as a councillor and as a vice-president of the Local Government Association. This group of amendments concerns the Government’s proposal to introduce the infrastructure levy as a replacement for the existing community infrastructure levy—CIL—and Section 106. My Amendment 68 seeks to leave out Clause 129, which establishes the...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 64 (13 Jul 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Northbrook, for the two amendments in his name, which relate to a specific issue that he also raised in Committee. On the face of it, Amendment 64 is a general plea to make business improvement districts more responsive to the views of the residents that they affect. The noble Lord, Lord Northbrook, has used as an example an area of London of which I...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 63 (13 Jul 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, the two amendments in this group apparently have little in common, but they do. Their common feature is that they are all about fairness. Amendment 66 in the name of my noble friend Lord Shipley is about fair voting systems. I obviously support his remarks about the importance to our democracy of having an electoral process and system that is seen to be fair to the electorate. As he...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 58 (13 Jul 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I make clear that this amendment, to which I have added my name, is about local authorities having the option to make some of their meetings virtual or hybrid. It is not about going back to having all meetings held virtually; it is about having the option to do so where that makes sense in local circumstances. During the Covid pandemic, we learned that virtual meetings could be...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 36 (13 Jul 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: The noble Baroness said that you could have a combined police and crime commissioner and mayor only where there is coterminosity. If combined authorities are now able to expand, will that undo that requirement?

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 36 (13 Jul 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, this amendment is really important for democratic overview of policing in a combined authority area. As the noble Lord, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, has said, West Yorkshire already has a mayor and a non-elected police and crime commissioner, because the arrangement for West Yorkshire—sadly, in my view—was that the two roles would be combined. The elected Mayor of West Yorkshire is...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 34 (13 Jul 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I begin, as I generally do, by reminding the House of my relevant interests as a councillor and a vice-president of the Local Government Association. I wish particularly to speak to government Amendment 34. I was quite astonished when I read it; it brings to the Bill a new issue that has not been discussed previously either at Second Reading or in Committee. I was also astonished...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 25 (11 Jul 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords—

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 25 (11 Jul 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: I thank the Minister for giving way. Do the Government have any limit for the expansion of mayoral combined authorities? If Warwickshire is allowed to accede to the West Midlands —Worcestershire is nearby and Staffordshire is next door. What is on the other side? I am thinking of between Coventry and Birmingham. It could get very large, so I want to know if there is a limit. This is a...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 24 (11 Jul 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, increasingly I think that we need a clear definition of levelling up, partly because what I have in mind is certainly not shared by many others around the Chamber. When I read the tome—the levelling up White Paper—it struck me, with all the maps and graphics in there, that the aim the Government had in mind was to have a clear, strategic focus on areas of multiple deprivation,...


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