Results 141–160 of 663 for speaker:Baroness Pinnock

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (9th Day): Amendment 207 (18 Apr 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, this group of amendments exposes the conundrum at the heart of planning for housing. At this point, I repeat my interests, as in the register, as being a councillor in Kirklees, with its up-to-date local plan, and as a vice-president of the Local Government Association. My noble friend Lord Stunell is of course right to say that the simple statement of a number of new house builds...

Respiratory Syncytial Virus Immunisation - Question (28 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, in the last week, the Minister may have seen financial reports about the challenges facing some vaccine manufacturers, now that the Covid demand is much reduced. What do the Government intend to do to ensure that we have capacity in the UK to develop new vaccines at scale in response to this and any other future challenge?

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (8th Day): Amendment 198 (27 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: It is with trepidation that I follow the last two speakers, the noble Baronesses, Lady Jones and Lady Fox. I will say just one small thing about the green belt. The green belt, as part of local plan making, is reviewed and, as appropriate, areas are taken out of the green belt for housebuilding and development. That is what happens. It happens at the right time and place when there is proper...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (8th Day): Amendment 196A (27 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, how do I follow that? I will not, as it is dangerous territory. This is a very interesting and important debate because it is about creating part of the hierarchy of a plan-led process. At the moment, we have quite a mixed pattern across England. Obviously, London has the ability to make a spatial strategy policy and plan; so do just some of the metro combined authorities, as they...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (8th Day): Amendment 196A (27 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My experience is that that was not quite how it worked. In West Yorkshire, Harrogate—which is just north of Leeds—was included, even though it is in North Yorkshire, because it is part of what they call the “golden triangle”. I think it is a challenge, and I hope the Government will just decide which boundaries they use—I presume it will be local authority boundaries, because that...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (8th Day): Amendment 185A (27 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: I just want to explore this further, if the Minister will agree to it. The question from the noble Lord, Lord Lansley, is at the heart of this issue. Where there is an existing, up-to-date local plan, why should that not have primacy over the national development management policies, because it will have taken cognisance of those in developing the local plan? Can the Minister help me here? In...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (8th Day): Amendment 185A (27 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, this has been an excellent debate on the conflicts that will inevitably exist between the national development management policies and local plans. I thank my noble friend for pointing out in great detail the difficulties that may arise. At the heart of this is the fact that, at the moment, we have no idea what will be included in the NDMP. Frankly, that is fairly critical as to...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (8th Day): Amendment 184ZA (27 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, we have had some very powerful speeches in support of incorporating local nature recovery plans into the planning system. I wholeheartedly agree with my noble friends Lady Parminter and Lord Teverson, and others such as the noble Baronesses, Lady Willis of Summertown and Lady Jones of Whitchurch. They made powerful speeches, so I do not need to add to their arguments. However, I...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (7th Day) (Continued) (22 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, this is probably one of the key groups of amendments on planning in the Bill, as it sets out the strategic framework under which local plans will be created and planning applications will be determined. The noble Lord, Lord Young of Cookham, started us on the right track by saying that we believe in a plan-led system; the question is, “Who leads the plans?” Which one is going to...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (7th Day): Amendment 180 (22 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: I thank the noble Earl very much for that information. The danger then is that, if an old software system containing planning applications from before the new software was introduced is incompatible and is therefore not transitioned across, it will not be readable by the new system for future use. That issue ought to have been considered.

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (7th Day): Amendment 180 (22 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I apologise for interrupting. I wonder whether the Minister has any statistics about the problem that these clauses are trying to solve. What is the extent of the difficulty such that, when applicants submit their planning applications to the planning authority, they then have to be manually entered or have to use a different system? Do we know the extent of that problem?

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (7th Day): Amendment 180 (22 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, Part 3, Chapter 1 of the Bill, entitled “Planning Data”, asks more questions than it answers. I will be grateful if the Minister can answer some of them. First, what is the purpose of requiring an approved national planning software? Is it so that the Government can more readily access planning data from across the country? If so, to what purpose do they want to put the data...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (7th Day): Amendment 179 (22 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: I accept what the Minister said about the presumption in favour of sustainable development. She listed the things that have to be balanced, but the issue is how that balance takes place. In my experience as a local councillor, climate change is often at the bottom of that balance; economic development and the need for growth and jobs are at the top, and housing development is there, but...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (7th Day): Amendment 179 (22 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I totally agree with the amendments in this group and thank the noble Lord, Lord Ravensdale, for bringing our attention to this issue before we start addressing the clauses that concern national and local planning policy. Strategic planning depends and rests on planning legislation such as this and on national and local planning policies. We need to provide the tools in planning...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (7th Day): Amendment 178C (22 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I am grateful. The problem has a wider resonance than the Malvern Hills Trust, although that is important. Coterminosity of local government and parliamentary boundaries is important, as is coterminosity of local government and National Health Service boundaries and, in this case, of the integrated care boards. If the Minister has any influence in other government departments, I ask...

Building Safety (Leaseholder Protections) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2023 - Motion to Regret (21 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I thank the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of St Albans, and the noble Baroness, Lady Hayman of Ullock, for their support. The right reverend Prelate has been at the heart of this issue for the six years since the awful Grenfell tragedy; he knows first hand, as he said, the devastating impact it has had on leaseholders. Perhaps I am wrong in saying this, but it was almost the...

Building Safety (Leaseholder Protections) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2023 - Motion to Regret (21 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: I thank the Minister for pointing that out. I will see what the legislation says. I am very disappointed with her response and the response to the request by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee, which also made a very strong statement that the Government ought to find out how many leaseholders were affected and provide them with information and support. This is a government error,...

Building Safety (Leaseholder Protections) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2023 - Motion to Regret (21 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, the regret Motion standing in my name is critical of the Government’s response to those leaseholders who have been adversely impacted by a government error, which the Building Safety (Leaseholder Protections) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2023 have recognised. The regret Motion puts the spotlight once again on the plight of leaseholders. Since the awful Grenfell Tower tragedy...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (6th Day) (Continued): Amendment 177 (20 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I will comment briefly on the three amendments in this group, starting with Amendment 511 in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Taylor of Stevenage, about capital finance controls in local government. All I would say is that every local authority is required to have an external audit by a professional audit company to undergo a thorough inspection of its finances. It seems to me...


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