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Housing and Planning Bill: Lords inflict further defeats on the government

Words: Laura Edgar

Affordable rural housing, sustainable drainage systems and carbon compliance proposals in the Housing and Planning Bill were all subject to amendments during its final report stage in the House of Lords.

Each amendment during the session, which took place on 25 April, resulted in a defeat for the government.

A clause will be inserted into the Housing and Planning Bill that will require all new homes built in England from 1 April 2018 to achieve a new carbon compliance standard. Baroness Parminter, who tabled the amendment, said the aim is for new homes to contribute to meeting greenhouse targets and help lower fuel bills.

The amendment was voted for by the Lords, 253 to 205.

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon put forward an amendment that means that local planning authorities may require small-scale developments and developments in rural areas to make affordable housing contributions, instead of leaving such requirements to be determined by regulators.

The Lords voted in favour of the amendment, 269 to 185.

A further amendment tabled by Baroness Parminter, requiring sustainable drainage systems to be implemented in all new development, was passed 252 to 188. The amendment ends the right to connect to existing conventional drainage and extends the current provisions, which exclude small-scale developments.

This takes the number of defeats suffered by the government to 11.

The first report stage saw two amendments passed on starter home proposals, including one that would make sure the 20 per discount on starter homes is “subject to restriction” if the property is sold.

Other amendments passed include one that means permission in principle will only be granted to housing-led developments.

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