To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that an adequate level of quality housing is available in Birmingham.
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 effective engagement of local communities will be viewed positively. It sets out expectations for local authorities to outline design aspirations in guides and codes, and promotes the use of tools and techniques to embed quality.
In March, the Government announced a bespoke housing package for the West Midlands Combined Authority. Through the package we have backed the Mayor with a Land Fund of up to £100m, a large proportion of which is to be allocated to sites in Birmingham. We will continue to work with the combined authority to enable them to deliver high quality housing.