Rachel Maclean: It is the duty of the Responsible Person for Magellan House to consider how best to fulfil their duties under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The Fire and Rescue Service’s role is to enforce against the Order. It is vital that Responsible Persons take a proportionate approach, however I cannot comment on a specific case.
Rachel Maclean: I heartily congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Rother Valley (Alexander Stafford) on securing this excellent Adjournment debate. I cannot believe it is the first debate we have had in the House of Commons solely on this topic, but I am sure it will not be the last.
Rachel Maclean: We fully recognise the concern that my right hon. Friend raises. In fact, that same concern has been raised by many Members across the House and many campaigners. We will do all we can to make streets safer for women and girls, and if that includes a new offence, so be it.
Rachel Maclean: Let me be as clear as I can for the whole House. If there is a need for a new offence, we will bring it forward.
Rachel Maclean: My hon. Friend has been a consistent champion who has worked tirelessly to bring the House’s attention to crimes such as spiking. Because of his consistent advocacy, we will be making enormous strides in the area. I am absolutely delighted to see so many male colleagues behind me. We are united in tackling this.
Rachel Maclean: I thank my hon. Friend for bringing his constituents’ concerns to the House and I would be delighted to meet him to discuss that in detail.
Rachel Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what the legal requirements are for including surface water flooding risks in solar farm applications.
Rachel Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what guidance he has issued to providers of domestic violence refuges regarding the provision of single-sex facilities.
Rachel Maclean: The Government remains committed to the Right to Buy, which since 1980 has enabled over two million social housing tenants to become homeowners. Any future announcements will be set out in the usual way.
Rachel Maclean: We do not collect data by parliamentary constituency on new supply of affordable housing, including on social rent. These data are collected by local authority area only and figures are published on gov.uk in Live Table 1006C.
Rachel Maclean: New housing needs to be supported by the right infrastructure, including primary care services. The new infrastructure levy that we are introducing through the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill will be able to provide funding for local infrastructure and so contribute towards addressing that vital issue.
Rachel Maclean: Information on new affordable housing, broken down by tenure and new build/acquisition, can be easily found in Live Table 1009, here.
Rachel Maclean: This Government will continue to invest in the supply of affordable housing. Our £11.5 billion Affordable Homes Programme will deliver tens of thousands of affordable homes for both rent and sale, in communities up and down the country.
Rachel Maclean: ...strategic barriers to further modern methods of construction growth in order to deliver more high quality new-build homes more quickly. The Government has no plans for a specific grant for Airey houses.
Rachel Maclean: The Government remains committed to the Right to Buy, which since 1980 has enabled over two million social housing tenants to become homeowners.
Rachel Maclean: The Local Housing Allowance's rates are set for each Broad Rental Market Area (BRMA). These areas can encompass more than one local authority, and local authorities can also be split between two BRMAs. As a result, we cannot provide this information at the local authority level.
Rachel Maclean: The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill provides powers for the Government to introduce the Infrastructure Levy. The Bill is currently in the House of Lords.
Rachel Maclean: According to the most recent English Housing Survey, there were an estimated 4.33 million occupied dwellings within the private rented sector in 2021-22, compared to 4.02 million in 2013-14. Full stock tables for each year are available online at the following link.
Rachel Maclean: When preparing local plans, local authorities should make a realistic assessment of the number of homes their communities need. Local authorities should also assess the size, type and tenure of housing needed for different groups in the community and reflect this in their planning policies.
Rachel Maclean: The department publishes data on homes which the permitted development rights have delivered. The figures can be found at Housing delivery Table 123.