Parliamentary Archive

Recent Parliamentary debates of interest:

  • 5 March – National Planning Policy Framework – Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP – See the written record or the TV archive This highlights ways in which the NPPF is not working as envisaged and discusses the merits of neighbourhood plans, speculative planning applications, appeals, the protection of areas of outstanding natural beauty and other concerns about heritage and infrastructure requirements.
  • 9 July – Housing Supply – Emma Reynolds MP – See the written record or the TV archive and our summary
    “We have called this debate because we are in the midst of the biggest housing crisis in a generation. We are not building even half the homes that we need to keep up with demand, and regrettably the current Government are presiding over the lowest level of house building in peacetime since the 1920s. The shortage just keeps on growing. According to figures that I obtained from the Library recently, the backlog of demand since the Government came to power is 500,000 homes, which is equivalent to Birmingham, England’s second biggest city. Individuals, couples and families are being priced out of home ownership, which has fallen to its lowest level since 1987. Average house prices are now eight times average incomes, and in some high-demand areas the ratio is even higher.” Emma Reynolds MP
  • 9 July – Public consent for local plans – Steve Baker MP – See the written report or the TV archive
    “There is a real problem of despair among those who do not own homes, and there is also a clear need for public consent. We need to find a way forward because the current approach is failing for three key reasons. First, collaborative democracy is inherently unlikely ever to meet policy makers’ aspirations. Secondly, a duty to co-operate is not the right way to co-ordinate decision making and works against localism. Thirdly, the crux of the matter is that the current system leaves individuals and families facing the imposition of costs without adequate recompense.” Steve Baker MP
  • 30 June – Development (Brownfield Land) – See the written report or the TV archive
    ” The Government are determined to make the best use of brownfield land and meet as much of our housing need as possible on brownfield sites. Earlier this month, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State announced an ambitious package of reforms to accelerate development on brownfield sites and deliver up to 200,000 homes by 2020.” Nick Boles MP
  • 30 April – National Planning Policy Framework (Community Involvement) – Greg Mulholland MP – See the written report or the TV archive
    “The planning community involvement Bill seeks to build on the initiatives in the Localism Act 2011 to give communities more of a say in planning decisions, and to amend the national planning policy framework. Despite having much to commend it and despite it being a much-needed simplification of planning law, that framework has still not got the balance right between the rights of developers and those of local communities. It is also not being properly implemented by some local authorities.” Greg Mulholland MP

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