Housing and Planning Bill Update
The controversial Housing and Planning Bill had its third reading this week and was approved by the House of Commons. No opposition amendments were successful and the Bill has now passed to the House of Lords for consideration.
The housing minister Brandon Lewis said the new Bill would "deliver a planning system that is the envy of the world" and hoped that it would " get Britain Building again". However, the opposition has heavily criticised the Bill and shadow housing minister John Healey MP thought the amendments simply led the Bill from being " a bad bill" to " a very bad bill" and criticised the focus on just starter homes:
"We have tried to stop the worst of the plans, but Tory ministers and backbenchers have opposed our proposals to give local areas the flexibility to promote not just starter homes but homes of all types, depending on local housing need; to make starter homes more affordable and protect and recycle taxpayers’ investment; to stop Ministers from mandating that pay-to-stay limits hit working households on modest incomes; to allow local areas to protect council and housing association homes with a proper replacement of each; to limit any automatic planning permission from Ministers for brownfield land; and to protect stable family homes for council tenants."
A link to a copy of the Bill as it is currently drafted is here.