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Results 61–80 of 2000 for in the 'Written Answers' speaker:Dominic Raab

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Right to Buy Scheme: Housing Associations (3 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: The forthcoming Midlands pilot will give thousands more housing association tenants the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of home ownership. The pilot will enable us to test key aspects of the voluntary agreement with housing associations not tested in the initial small-scale pilot, including the portable discount and one for one replacement. It will also allow us to better understand the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing: Birmingham (3 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: The Government are dedicated to improving design quality in housing, so that it is of a consistently high level across the country. The revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) applies to development nationally. The NPPF has a dedicated chapter on design quality, which states that permission should be refused for development of poor design, and applications that demonstrate early and...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Electric Cables: Standards (2 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: The independent review of building regulations and fire safety, which recently reported, made a number of recommendations about the testing and labelling of products with safety implications. The Government is considering its response to the recommendations. As part of that process, the Government will review evidence related to the classification of electrical cabling.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Affordable Housing (2 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: Planning applications for entry level exception sites, as proposed in the draft revised National Planning Policy Framework, will be subject to public consultation, as with all planning applications.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Fire Prevention (2 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: I spoke with Richard Silva, the Chief Executive of Long Harbour which administer Abacus Land 4 Ltd, on 23 May. Mr Silva informed me that Abacus Land 4 Ltd is owned by pension fund holders. I affirmed the Government's position that leaseholders should not have to pay for the removal and replacement of unsafe aluminium composite material cladding in the Heysmoor Heights building. We expect...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Affordable Housing: Construction (2 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: The draft National Planning Policy Framework proposal for Entry Level Exception Sites did not include a local connection criteria. The policy is designed to provide additional housing for first time buyers and renters, where it is needed. This will not always involve a local connection. This was consulted on as part of the draft National Planning Policy Framework. We are currently considering...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Help to Buy Scheme (29 Jun 2018)

Dominic Raab: From the start of the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme in April 2013 to the end of December 2017, 3,905 equity loans taken out on leasehold properties have been redeemed, to a total value of £188,874,391. On 21 December 2017 the Government announced it would bring forward legislation to prohibit new long leases from being granted on houses, apart from in exceptional circumstances. The then...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Right to Acquire Scheme (29 Jun 2018)

Dominic Raab: The Government has a commitment to extend the Right to Buy to housing association tenants. This will include tenants who qualify for the Right to Acquire but whose homes are exempt as they were built or acquired by their housing association landlord before 1997. The Midlands pilot of the voluntary extension of the Right to Buy will give thousands more housing association tenants the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Planning Permission (29 Jun 2018)

Dominic Raab: The Government recognises that it is important that local planning authorities, communities and Planning Inspectors can rely on the information contained in planning applications, and applicants or those representing them are asked to confirm that the information provided is, to the best of their knowledge, truthful and accurate. There are no current plans to amend existing planning policy...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing Supply: Braintree (29 Jun 2018)

Dominic Raab: The respective planning applications are still under consideration. The target date for determining the cases has been extended to 12 September 2018. This is to allow for consideration of new information which may be material to the determination of these applications and appeal. The Secretary of State will take into account all relevant material considerations when reaching decisions on...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: New Towns: Essex (29 Jun 2018)

Dominic Raab: We welcome the planning inspector’s report on section 1 of joint local plan submitted by Colchester Borough and Tendring and Braintree District Councils for examination in public earlier this year. The proposals to create three new garden communities with new homes for up to 43,000 homes in North Essex are, by their nature, ambitious and long-term. The Planning Inspectorate has an important...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Planning Permission: Braintree (29 Jun 2018)

Dominic Raab: The relevant policies are contained within the Braintree District Local Development Framework Core Strategy 2011, the Braintree Local Plan Review and the National Planning Policy Framework. These contain policies concerning development outside of settlement boundaries in order to protect the character of the countryside. The Secretary of State will pay due regard to these as a part of the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Planning Permission: Braintree (29 Jun 2018)

Dominic Raab: An up-to-date Local Plan prepared in consultation with local people, and a robust five-year housing land supply, are the best protections for communities against speculative development. The revised draft National Planning Policy Framework was clear that where a planning application conflicts with an up-to-date development plan (including any neighbourhood plans that have been brought into...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Members: Correspondence (28 Jun 2018)

Dominic Raab: I responded to the letter from the Hon Member for Greenwich and Woolwich on 27 June 2018.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Planning Authorities: Accountability (28 Jun 2018)

Dominic Raab: Planning board or committee members are usually local elected councillors and therefore accountable to the local electorate. They have to abide by the code of conduct each planning authority is required to adopt under Section 27 of the Localism Act 2011. The code of conduct must be consistent with the “Nolan” principles.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Derelict Land: Coventry (27 Jun 2018)

Dominic Raab: Holding answer received on 26 June 2018 The draft revised National Planning Policy Framework promotes the effective use of land, including brownfield sites. The Government has agreed a bespoke housing package with the West Midlands Combined Authority, which includes Coventry, that will see 215,000 homes delivered by 2030/1. Through the package we have backed the ambition of the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Opencast Mining: County Durham (27 Jun 2018)

Dominic Raab: Planning permission for Bradley open cast coal mine was granted on appeal by an independent Planning Inspector on 3 June 2015 following a public inquiry. No legal challenge to the decision was made and no other representations were received during the statutory challenge period pointing to errors in the decision.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homes and Communities Agency: Public Appointments (27 Jun 2018)

Dominic Raab: The previous Chair, Julian Ashby, stepped down unexpectedly in January 2018 to take up another position which could have been perceived to be a conflict of interest. The decision was taken to appoint the deputy Chair into the role of Interim Chair for a period of 12 months to provide continuity as the Regulator of Social Housing becomes a stand alone organsiation. A campaign to recruit the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homes and Communities Agency: Public Appointments (27 Jun 2018)

Dominic Raab: A copy of the current job description will be placed in the Library. This will be refreshed, alongside the person specification, ahead of launching a campaign to recruit a permanent Chair later in the year. They will be posted on the Centre for Public Appointments website when the recruitment campaign launches. The appointment will be run in line with Civil Service Commissioners/Centre for...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing: Rural Areas (27 Jun 2018)

Dominic Raab: Our draft revised National Planning Policy Framework makes it clear that in rural areas, planning policies and decisions should be supportive of housing development that reflect local needs. The Framework retains the rural exception sites policy that promotes affordable housing led development in rural areas. The revised draft Framework also acknowledges that in rural areas, sites may need to...


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