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COMMUNITIES & LOCAL GOVERNMENT


LETTER TO ONE VOICE FROM THE Rt Hon GREG CLARK MP 24 NOVEMBER 2010

Communities and Local Government 7 July 2010



House of Commons 21 June 2010
Written Answers (Communities and Local Government)

Affordable Housing: Rural Areas
Mr Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to take forward the work of the Taylor Review on Affordable Housing; and if he will make a statement. [2783]
Robert Neill: The Taylor Review of Rural Economy and Affordable Housing 'Living Working Countryside' made 34 recommendations to the previous Government.  As of February 2010, 17 recommendations had been implemented by Communities and Local Government (CLG) and its partners. Ministers have not yet decided whether and how to take forward any remaining recommendations.

Local Government: Public Consultation
Chris Leslie: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 10 June 2010, Official Report, column 239W, on local government: public consultation, which individual and organisations he plans to consult informally. [2961]
Andrew Stunell: As soon as we have considered the detailed options for delivering our commitment to help communities to save local facilities, we will be in a position to identify those who it will be important to consult informally on those proposals. However, I can assure the hon. Member that we will be consulting other Government Departments, representatives of local government, including in particular the Local Government Association, representatives of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors, representatives of the commercial property and small business sectors and the relevant professional bodies. I will be happy to let him have a list in due course, and would welcome any particular suggestions he would like to make.




House of Commons 15 June 2010
Written Answers

Affordable Housing: Construction

Mr Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to create new community land trusts. [2401]
Andrew Stunell [holding answer 14 June 2010]: We are going to introduce community-owned local housing trusts which will enable communities to create new homes for local people. My Department and the Homes and Communities Agency are already working with several existing community land trusts and other community inspired housing groups who are developing schemes for local housing.

(Scroll to the end for details of grant reductions to individual local authorities and ring-fences removed from local government funding streams)


House of Commons 10 June 2010
Oral Answers to Questions

Garden Development
1. Zac Goldsmith (Richmond Park) (Con): If he will bring forward proposals to increase the powers of local authorities to prevent infill and garden development. [1535]
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Mr Eric Pickles): Further to the coalition agreement-
Mr Speaker: Order. I think the right hon. Gentleman should have requested a grouping with questions 9 and 15.
Mr Pickles: You are absolutely right, Mr Speaker. I was just so happy to be here. I hope that I do not go on too long-[Hon. Members: "So do we."] Well, I was not thinking of putting it to a vote.
9. Mr Matthew Offord (Hendon) (Con): If he will bring forward proposals to increase the powers of local authorities to prevent infill and garden development. [1543]
15. Bob Blackman (Harrow East) (Con): If he will bring forward proposals to increase the powers of local authorities to prevent infill and garden development. [1550]
Mr Pickles: Further to the coalition agreement, the Minister of State, my right hon. Friend the Member for Tunbridge Wells (Greg Clark), who has responsibilities for decentralisation and planning, gave notice to the House that we are changing planning guidance and that we have taken back gardens out of the definition of brownfield land. In addition, we have removed density requirements. The matter is now for local people to decide.



LOCAL GOVERNMENT: PUBLIC CONSULTATION

House of Commons 8 June 2010
Written Ministerial Statements

Local Referendums

Christopher Leslie: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in what circumstances those resident in a local authority area will be able to initiate a local referendum. [1074]
Andrew Stunell: As we made clear in our Programme for Government, published on 20 May, we will give residents the power to instigate local referendums on any local issue. The Government intend to include the necessary statutory provisions as part of legislation to devolve greater powers to councils and neighbourhoods and give local communities control over housing and planning decisions which was announced in the Queen's Speech for this parliamentary session.