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Minister for Housing and Planning gives evidence on built environment

16 December 2015


The Committee on the Built Environment holds the final evidence session of its inquiry taking evidence from the Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Brandon Lewis MP. The session focuses on the key issues raised around the built environment throughout its inquiry.


Thursday 17 December, Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 10.15am:

  • Brandon Lewis MP, Minister for Housing and Planning, Department for Communities and Local Government

Possible questions

  • How does the Government's policy agenda and the deregulation of planning balance with the need for new housebuilding with other priorities?
  • Why is there such a disparity between the number of homes given planning permission and the number being built? What can be done to bridge the gap?
  • Is existing Green Belt policy sustainable? Has the government weakened in its resolve to protect the Green Belt?
  • How can national policy ensure that developments are sustainable, adaptable and well-designed following the removal and revision of national design codes?
  • Should planning fees be fully devolved to local authorities?
  • Can our system of developer planning obligations still deliver enough affordable homes to meet demand?

Further information

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