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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 8 December 2015

 

Public Bill Committee

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

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Amendments tabled since the last publication: NC25-NC38, NS4-NS5

 

Housing and Planning Bill


 

Note

 

This document includes all amendments remaining before the Committee and

 

includes any withdrawn amendments at the end. The amendments have been

 

arranged in accordance with the Order of the Committee [10 November 2015, as

 

amended on 19 November 2015.]

 


 

Stephen Hammond

 

190

 

Clause  104,  page  48,  leave out lines 30 and 31 and insert—

 

“(1)    

The Town and Country Planning Act 1990 is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

In section 60 (permission granted by development order), after subsection (1)

 

insert—”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential to amendments 191 and 192.

 

Stephen Hammond

 

191

 

Clause  104,  page  48,  line  42,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

In section 70 (Determination of applications: general considerations), in

 

subsection (1)(a) after “permission” insert “in whole or in part and””

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment gives local planning authorities the same power as the Secretary of State

 

presently has on appeal to grant planning permission for part of the development proposed in an

 

application.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 8 December 2015                  

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Housing and Planning Bill, continued

 
 

Stephen Hammond

 

192

 

Clause  104,  page  49,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

“(4A)    

In section 78 (Right to appeal against planning decisions and failure to take such

 

decisions), in subsection (1)(a), after “it” insert “in part or””

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment gives local planning authorities the same power as the Secretary of State

 

presently has on appeal to grant planning permission for part of the development proposed in an

 

application.

 

Stephen Hammond

 

193

 

Clause  104,  page  49,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

“(4B)    

In section 106 (Planning obligations), after subsection (2) insert—

 

“(2A)    

A local planning authority may enter into a planning obligation as a

 

person interested in land and as the local planning authority, including an

 

obligation by agreement in both categories.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment empowers local planning authorities to make planning obligations binding their

 

own land, for example, if they wish to grant planning permission prior to selling land for

 

development.

 

Helen Hayes

 

284

 

Clause  104,  page  49,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

When granting development orders, local planning authorities shall prescribe, in

 

accordance with the objectively assessed needs identified in the Local Plan—

 

(a)    

Appropriate density;

 

(b)    

Suitable dwelling mix;

 

(c)    

Affordable housing required, and

 

(d)    

Community and social infrastructure requirements.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that development is suitable in planning terms on a site specific

 

basis, and will also assist in controlling the price of land. The upfront identification of planning

 

conditions will speed up the time it takes for developers to start on site, and also complete

 

development.

 

Helen Hayes

 

285

 

Clause  104,  page  49,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

The Secretary of State must make regulations which—

 

(a)    

require sufficient testing of the land to be carried out before permission

 

in principle may be granted, and

 

(b)    

ensure provision of adequate funding to carry out the testing in

 

subsection (a).

 

    

In this subsection “sufficient testing” means carrying out necessary studies and

 

assessments to ensure that a site is suitable for the development benefiting from

 

permissions in principle.”

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee: 8 December 2015                  

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Housing and Planning Bill, continued

 
 

Stephen Hammond

 

286

 

Clause  105,  page  49,  line  4,  at end insert—

 

“(1)    

In section 62A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 for “Secretary of

 

State” substitute “in respect of land in Greater London by the Mayor of London

 

and in respect of land in England outside of Greater London by the Secretary of

 

State” except in subsection (1)(a).

 

(1A)    

In section 62A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (when application

 

may be made directly to in respect of land in Greater London the Mayor of

 

London and in respect of land in England outside of Greater London to the

 

Secretary of State), in subsection (1), for paragraphs (a) and (b) substitute—

 

“(a)    

the local planning authority concerned is designated by the

 

Secretary of State for applications of a description specified in

 

the designation;

 

(b)    

the application falls within that description.””

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would provide for applications in respect of land in Greater London to be made

 

directly to the Mayor of London and to the Secretary of State for land elsewhere in England.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

183

 

Clause  108,  page  51,  line  16,  after “subsection (1)” insert “in relation to land in

 

England”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would state that the consultation requirement inserted into section 134 of the

 

Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980 by clause 108(2) would only apply in relation to

 

an order creating an urban development area in England.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

184

 

Clause  109,  page  52,  line  2,  after “section” insert “in relation to an urban

 

development area in England”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would state that the consultation requirement inserted into section 135 of the

 

Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980 by clause 109(2) would only apply in relation to

 

an order establishing a corporation for an urban development area in England.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 8 December 2015                  

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Housing and Planning Bill, continued

 
 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

John Healey

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

Helen Hayes

 

236

 

Clause  109,  page  52,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

“(4)    

Section 136 of the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980 [objects and

 

general powers] is amended as follows.

 

(5)    

After subsection (2) insert—

 

“(2A)    

Corporations under this Act must contribute the long-term sustainable

 

development and place making of the new community.

 

(2B)    

Under this Act sustainable development and place making means

 

managing the use, development and protection of land and natural

 

resources in a way which enables people and communities to provide for

 

their legitimate social, economic and cultural wellbeing while sustaining

 

the potential of future generations to meet their own needs and in

 

achieving sustainable development and place making, development

 

corporations should—

 

(a)    

positively identify suitable land for development in line with the

 

economic, social and environmental objectives so as to improve

 

the quality of life, wellbeing and health of people and the

 

community;

 

(b)    

contribute to the sustainable economic development of the

 

community;

 

(c)    

contribute to the vibrant cultural and artistic development of the

 

community;

 

(d)    

protect and enhance the natural and historic environment;

 

(e)    

contribute to mitigation and adaptation to climate change in line

 

with the objectives of the Climate Change Act 2008;

 

(f)    

positively promote high quality and inclusive design;

 

(g)    

ensure that decision-making is open, transparent, participative

 

and accountable; and

 

(h)    

ensure that assets are managed for long-term interest of the

 

community.”

 

(6)    

Section 4 of the New Towns Act 1981 [The objects and general powers of

 

Development Corporations] is amended as follows.

 

(7)    

For subsection (1) substitute—

 

“(1)    

The objects of a development corporation established for the purpose of

 

a new town or Garden City shall be to secure the physical laying out of

 

infrastructure and the long-term sustainable development and place

 

making of the new community.

 

(1A)    

Under this Act sustainable development and place making means

 

managing the use, development and protection of land and natural

 

resources in a way which enables people and communities to provide for

 

their legitimate social, economic and cultural wellbeing while sustaining

 

the potential of future generations to meet their own needs and in

 

achieving sustainable development, development corporations should—

 

(a)    

positively identify suitable land for development in line with the

 

economic, social and environmental objectives so as to improve


 
 

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Housing and Planning Bill, continued

 
 

the quality of life, wellbeing and health of people and the

 

community;

 

(b)    

contribute to the sustainable economic development of the

 

community;

 

(c)    

contribute to the vibrant cultural and artistic development of the

 

community;

 

(d)    

protect and enhance the natural and historic environment;

 

(e)    

contribute to mitigation and adaptation to climate change in line

 

with the objectives of the Climate Change Act 2008;

 

(f)    

positively promote high quality and inclusive design;

 

(g)    

ensure that decision-making is open, transparent, participative

 

and accountable; and

 

(h)    

ensure that assets are managed for long-term interest of the

 

community.””

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would insert place-making objectives for both UDC’s in Local Government Act

 

1980 and for New Town Development Corporations in the New Towns Act 1981 and sets out a high

 

quality purpose for making the development of scale growth.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

246

 

Clause  111,  page  52,  line  32,  after “survey” insert “or value”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment ensures that the right of entry in clause 111 may be exercised to value land as

 

well as to survey it.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

247

 

Clause  111,  page  52,  line  32,  leave out “compulsorily”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment ensures that the right of entry in clause 111 may be exercised prior to acquiring

 

land by agreement as well as compulsorily.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

248

 

Clause  111,  page  52,  line  35,  after “survey” insert “or value”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 246.

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

John Healey

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

281

 

Clause  111,  page  52,  line  37,  at end insert—

 

“(c)    

may do so when an existing planning permission has expired”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that compulsory purchase order powers exist where planning

 

permission has expired.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 8 December 2015                  

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Housing and Planning Bill, continued

 
 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

John Healey

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

282

 

Clause  111,  page  52,  line  37,  at end insert—

 

“(d)    

may do so when development has failed to commence”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that compulsory purchase order powers exist where development

 

has failed to commence.

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

John Healey

 

Teresa Pearce

 

Matthew Pennycook

 

283

 

Clause  111,  page  52,  line  37,  at end insert—

 

“(e)    

may do so where an empty dwelling exists”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure there are strong compulsory purchase powers to tackle empty

 

homes.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

249

 

Clause  112,  page  53,  line  18,  after “surveying” insert “or valuing”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 246.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

250

 

Clause  112,  page  53,  line  20,  after “survey” insert “or valuation”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 246.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

251

 

Clause  114,  page  54,  line  11,  after “surveys” insert “or values”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 246.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

252

 

Clause  114,  page  54,  line  15,  after “survey” insert “or valuation”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 246.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 8 December 2015                  

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Housing and Planning Bill, continued

 
 

Brandon Lewis

 

253

 

Clause  114,  page  54,  line  17,  after “survey” insert “or valuation”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 246.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

254

 

Clause  114,  page  54,  line  32,  after “survey” insert “or valuation”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 246.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

255

 

Clause  114,  page  54,  line  33,  after “survey” insert “or valuation”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 246.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

256

 

Clause  114,  page  54,  line  40,  after “survey” insert “or valuation”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 246.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

257

 

Clause  114,  page  54,  line  40,  at end insert—

 

“(5)    

See section 169(4) of the Water Industry Act 1991 and section 171(4) of the

 

Water Resources Act 1991 for additional procedures in relation to the exercise of

 

the power in section 111 on behalf of a water undertaker, the Environment

 

Agency or the Natural Resources Body for Wales.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for NC18.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

258

 

Clause  119,  page  57,  line  1,  leave out from beginning to “is” in line 2 and insert

 

“Where an inspector decides whether or not to confirm the whole or part of a compulsory

 

purchase order, the inspector’s decision”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would mean that an inspector’s decision whether or not to confirm the whole or

 

part of a compulsory purchase order would be treated as a decision of the confirming authority.

 

The current wording would mean that only a decision to confirm a compulsory purchase order

 

would be treated as the authority’s decision.


 
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