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Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Holiday Accommodation (21 Jan 2022)

Christopher Pincher: This Government recognises that holiday homes can bring benefits to local economies, including the tourism sector, and we do not wish to restrict people’s freedom to live and holiday where they choose. We also recognise, however, that large numbers of holiday homes and lets concentrated in a single area can have a negative effect on local communities. The planning system has tools to manage...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Building Safety Fund: Ealing Central and Acton (21 Jan 2022)

Christopher Pincher: As of 31 December 2021, there are 13 outstanding applications in Ealing Central and Action. Outstanding applications are defined as registrations where eligibility is yet to be determined. Applicants should provide any information requested by the Department promptly to make sure that their registration is processed without delay.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Building Safety Fund (21 Jan 2022)

Christopher Pincher: Government is continuing to deliver the Building Safety Fund. £976 million has already been allocated from the non-ACM Building Safety Fund so far, with 108 social sector registrations to the Fund (covering an estimated 119 buildings) proceeding with a full application.  It remains the responsibility of applicants to submit information and plan their projects promptly so the Department can...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Housing: Construction (21 Jan 2022)

Christopher Pincher: I recognise the importance of ensuring new housing development is supported by the provision of infrastructure and appropriate services. Local authorities have responsibilities for planning for local development and the infrastructure to support it. The resources available include grant funding, loan finance, developer contributions and council tax. At the 2021 Spending Review, the Government...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Housing: Construction (21 Jan 2022)

Christopher Pincher: My policy is to support a plan-led system which engages communities and gives a clear indication of what will happen where. There will be some circumstances where development is appropriate on other sites – for example where plans are out of date or new regeneration opportunities arise – which is why plans need to be reviewed regularly. I am considering how further reform of planning...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Right to Buy Scheme (21 Jan 2022)

Christopher Pincher: This Government remains committed to the Right to Buy and to spreading the dream of home ownership to even more people. The Midlands pilot of the Voluntary Right to Buy scheme completed in 2021 and an independent evaluation of the pilot was published in February 2021. The Government is looking at the evaluation's findings, which will be used to inform future policy, and we will announce...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Building Safety Fund (21 Jan 2022)

Christopher Pincher: As of 31 December 2021, out of a total of 2825 registrations, there are 5 outstanding applications in Slough, 49 in the South East of England, and 717 across England. Outstanding applications are defined as registrations where eligibility is under review or where further information is required to determine eligibility. The Department is awaiting further information for 515 registrations...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Council Housing: Standards (21 Jan 2022)

Christopher Pincher: All social rented homes are required to meet the Government’s Decent Homes Standard. The Standard requires that homes are free of serious hazards, are in a reasonable state of repair, have reasonably modern facilities and services such as kitchens and bathrooms, and have efficient heating and effective insulation. We are delivering on our Social Housing White Paper commitments by reviewing...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Housing: Standards (21 Jan 2022)

Christopher Pincher: The Government is committed to ensuring that everyone has a safe home. Since 2009, the total number of households with Category 1 Hazards has reduced from 21% to 10% as of 2019. As part of its ongoing work to improve the quality of housing, the Government is reviewing the Decent Homes Standard and Housing Health and Safety Rating System, to make standards easier to understand and act on. The...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Housing: Construction (21 Jan 2022)

Christopher Pincher: The standard method for assessing local housing need is only the starting point in the process of planning for new homes. It comprises a baseline of 2014-based household projections, informed by population projections, which are then adjusted to take account of affordability and capped to make the increase realistic for areas. In December 2020 following a review, a 35% uplift for the 20 most...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Planning (21 Jan 2022)

Christopher Pincher: We will bring forward a response shortly.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Development Plans (20 Jan 2022)

Christopher Pincher: The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) states that local plans should provide a framework for addressing housing needs, as well as other economic, social and environmental priorities. Having an effective, up to date plan in place is essential to planning for and meeting housing requirements; in ways that make good use of land and result in well-designed and attractive places to live....

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Batteries: Construction (20 Jan 2022)

Christopher Pincher: This Government has a manifesto commitment to protect and enhance the Green Belt. Our National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) makes clear that most new building is inappropriate in Green Belt and should be refused permission unless in very special circumstances. When considering any planning application affecting Green Belt land, the local authority should ensure that substantial weight is...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention (20 Jan 2022)

Christopher Pincher: We are bringing this scandal to an end – protecting leaseholders and making industry pay. It is not right that innocent leaseholders, including former occupiers who have moved out and sublet their properties, should pay to remove dangerous cladding for which they were not responsible. We will explore whether this support should extend to other leaseholders such as buy-to-let landlords.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Buildings: Disability (20 Jan 2022)

Christopher Pincher: In June 2021 we commissioned research on the prevalence and demographics of impairment in England and ergonomic requirements and experiences of disabled people. Work is underway to develop robust data and evidence to help government consider what potential changes can be made to statutory guidance covering access to and use of buildings. The research work is due to complete in 2022.

Building Safety Bill: Schedule 7 - Building safety charges (19 Jan 2022)

Christopher Pincher: Given all I said previously, I would not want to be accused of detaining the House and the swift passage of the Bill, beyond simply saying thank you to everyone at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, particularly my officials who are in the Box and several who are not, and Lord Greenhalgh, who have worked so assiduously to bring the Bill to its current stage, where we...

Building Safety Bill: Clause 146 - Regulations (19 Jan 2022)

... 149, line 14, at end insert “or paragraph 2(12), 13(10) or 15(5) of Schedule (Special measures)”. This amendment and Amendment 61 are consequential on Amendments 17, 24 and 26 and NS1.—(Christopher Pincher.)

Building Safety Bill: Clause 148 - Commencement and transitional provision (19 Jan 2022)

...provides that clause 127 comes into force two months after Royal Assent. Amendment 69, page 150, line 22, leave out paragraphs (c) and (d) and insert— “(c) sections 137 to 138.”—(Christopher Pincher.) This amendment is consequential on NC22, and provides for the new clause to commence two months after Royal Assent.

Building Safety Bill: New Schedule 1 - Special measures (19 Jan 2022)

...expenses” has the meaning given by paragraph 9; “special measures manager” has the meaning given by paragraph 7; “special measures order” has the meaning given by paragraph 7.”—(Christopher Pincher.) This new schedule makes provision for, and in connection with, the making of special measures orders in relation to higher-risk buildings. The new Schedule is intended to replace...

Building Safety Bill: New Clause 19 - Special Measures (19 Jan 2022)

Christopher Pincher: I am grateful to all Members across the House for their contributions to the debate. I will speak in response to the non-Government amendments first and then, as I progress through my remarks, pick up the points that have been raised about the Government’s amendments. New clause 1 was tabled by the hon. Member for Oldham East and Saddleworth (Debbie Abrahams), who is not in her place; we...


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