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Results 21–40 of 2000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Taylor of Goss Moor

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (9th Day) (23 Mar 2016)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, I, too, wish to speak briefly in support of Amendment 102B. As always, I draw attention to my interests, in particular that I am president of the National Association of Local Councils. There is no question that parish councils are deeply concerned about the removal of the ability to require some affordable homes, when viable, to meet local needs—and we should remember that...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (8th Day) (22 Mar 2016)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, I will speak briefly because we should all be in bed already, but I agree entirely with the noble Lord, Lord Kerslake. In the planning review that I conducted back in 2008, I specifically recommended both that planning departments should be able to charge a fee that met the costs and that they should be able to offer improved services, provided that developers met those costs. This...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (8th Day) (22 Mar 2016)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: I thank the Minister for her very positive response. I would have spoken to this amendment whether or not the noble Lord, Lord Lucas, was here. She mentioned some of the proposals, not least on garden villages, which is an approach that I have advocated. I resisted mentioning it myself at this late hour, but there will be other amendments where I may return to that issue, as this is a good...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (8th Day) (22 Mar 2016)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, I rise to move this amendment on behalf of the noble Lord, Lord Lucas, who is unfortunately disabled by a herniated disk. He is flat on his back, which is probably exactly where most of us would like to be. He is probably tucked up in his bed, which is entirely sensible. He might be watching on telly, although I doubt it, but it is perforce, rather than for any other reason. The...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (6th Day) (14 Mar 2016)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, last week I spoke about the importance of protecting housing association properties in small, rural communities where they are effectively irreplaceable. The exact same point leads me to speak in support of the amendments tabled by the noble Lords, Lord Cameron and Lord Best, with whom I shared work on the rural housing review last year. As well as being president of the National...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (8 Mar 2016)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: Will the Minister reflect further with her colleagues on the contradiction in what she has just said? She spoke about neighbourhood plans and local communities setting the tenure, but the housing associations would make a decision on the sale without any reference back to the community. The engagement between the housing association and the community is important in that circumstance.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (8 Mar 2016)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: I want to be absolutely clear on this point: the National Housing Federation has never supported the requirement on local authorities to sell their stock to fund this. The offer that was on the table prior to the agreement was that there would be a statutory obligation on housing associations to sell and no statutory obligation on government to put in place the funding of the discount. The...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (8 Mar 2016)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, I draw noble Lords’ attention to my list of interests but I declare a couple in particular. One is that I am president of the National Association of Local Councils, which has a particular interest in rural communities. The second is a past but recent interest in that I was chair of the National Housing Federation for six years until September, therefore covering the period during...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (8 Mar 2016)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, I want to associate myself with the comments just made and those of others who have spoken to this amendment. My own view has long been that in looking at the under-provision of housing in this country, the primary issue is not enough land being made available for the homes we so desperately need. Particularly for large parts of the market, the unaffordability of a home is generated...

Under-occupancy Charge — Statement (28 Jan 2016)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, my former colleague, Andrew George, brought forward proposals in the previous Parliament to exempt those who had particular needs for an extra room from the bedroom tax—such as those with disabilities needing a carer—and, indeed, to exempt those who had not been offered suitable alternative accommodation. I have heard what the Minister has said about this case. I do not believe...

Affordable Housing in Rural Communities — Question for Short Debate (15 Oct 2015)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, I welcome the opportunity to speak in this debate. I draw attention to my interests around housing and planning, although I have recently stepped down from chairing the National Housing Federation, as its term expired. I was involved in some of the work which achieved the agreement with the Government. They were elected on a manifesto that clearly committed them to extending right...

Implications of Devolution for England — Statement (16 Dec 2014)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, the truth is that we are now three-quarters of the way to a federal system in the United Kingdom, and it is urgent that the matter is resolved now, by whatever means, rather than at a point of crisis, when a decision may be taken to impose on England something which is deeply unpopular in England and for which England has not voted but for which a majority has been created through a...

Banks: Bridging Finance — Question (20 Oct 2014)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: Will my noble friend agree that older empty-nesters often wish to have their grandchildren or other visitors come to stay with them? There is a myth that when people downsize—which does free up housing for families—they somehow want to go into specialist, tiny homes for people with great needs at the end of their lives. That is not actually the key to unlocking family homes: the key is to...

Housing Benefit (Transitional Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 — Motion of Regret (3 Apr 2014)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, I should first declare my interest as chair of the National Housing Federation, which represents the housing associations across England. I will speak briefly, on a personal basis, to say that I cannot support the Government’s policy on this. I believe it was misjudged in the first place and we are rapidly seeing the proof in the pudding. I cannot support something that deprives...

Social Tenancies: Home-working — Question (13 Mar 2014)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, in 2008, in the rural housing review that I conducted for the previous Government, I precisely recommended that no social landlord should require a tenant to seek permission to run a business from their home if doing so would cause no nuisance. I am glad to say, as chair of the National Housing Federation, that that is the recommendation that we make to all our housing association...

European Council — Statement (10 Mar 2014)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: Does my noble friend agree that President Putin has undoubtedly drawn the conclusion from Georgia that the effective establishment of the status quo there is a green light for attempting the same in the Ukraine, and in the Crimea in particular? While I welcome the Statement, is not the most important message to get across that today’s heat and anger will not turn into a shrug of the...

Housing: Affordability — Question for Short Debate (22 Jan 2014)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, first, I declare my interests both as chairman of the National Housing Federation and in various projects and businesses trying to deliver the housing needed. As has also been referred to, I am involved with a government project to supply planning guidance. I very much welcome what the noble Baroness, Lady Ford, said. There was nothing with which I disagreed. In fact, there were...

Garden Cities — Question (6 Jun 2013)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: I should say that I have various declared interests and draw the House’s attention to them. I have had a long-term belief that creating new communities relieves the pressure to surround existing communities with undesirable development, while still delivering the housing, workplaces and services that people need. The Deputy Prime Minister and the Prime Minister have both promised the...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill — Second Reading (8 Jan 2013)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, I should first declare my interests. I chair the National Housing Federation, the voice of housing associations in England. I also chair the strategic partnership of the private sector with Cornwall Council and the Homes and Communities Agency charged with delivering eco-communities in the St Austell area. Further, I make the case for good planning and sustainable development in...

Water Industry (Financial Assistance) Bill: Second Reading and Remaining Stages (27 Mar 2012)

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor: My Lords, I will keep my remarks brief. I start by declaring an interest: I am a member of the board of South West Water. However, it is not South West Water that is the beneficiary of the first part of the Bill; it is the customers of South West Water. My interest in this issue dates all the way back to when I was first elected as a Member of Parliament and quickly became involved in debates...


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