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Lords built environment committee to question DCLG chief planner

The House of Lords Committee on the Built Environment will this week take evidence from Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) chief planner Steve Quartermain, Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) head of heritage Gill Graham and DCLG director of planning Ruth Stanier.

The Committee will question the witnesses on a range of planning issues and the government response to challenges in built environment policy including:

  • How is the government taking forward the recommendations of the Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment?
  • Why does the UK consistently fail to meet house building targets?
  • How does the government intend to take forward its new proposals for prioritising the development of brownfield land?
  • What will be the effect of new proposals to allow additional stories to be added to buildings in London without planning permission?
  • Why responsibility for architecture and design recently moved from DCLG from DCMS, and what benefits the government thinks this will achieve?
  • Whether England should have a national spatial plan?
  • Are new housing and commercial developments of a satisfactory quality? Are they sufficiently sustainable, resilient and lasting?

The evidence session will start today (Thursday 16 July) at 10:45am in Committee Room 2 of the House of Lords.

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