The Housing and Planning Bill has reached the Committee Stage in
the House of Lords.
Line by line examination of the Bill took place during the first
day of the Committee Stage on 9 February starting with Part 2 of
the Bill. Amendments discussed covered clauses 12, 13, 16, 20, 22,
27, 31, 37 and 38. The debate on Part 2 continued on the second day
of the Committee stage on 1 March when the Lords also began
examination of Part 1 of the Bill relating to self-build and
Detailed examination of the Bill continued in the Lords on 3 March
with debate on Clauses 3 to 7 relating to the duty to promote
starter homes. The Committee Stage has now been scheduled to
continue on 8 March.
The Lords Committee were previously expected to begin
consideration of Part 4 of the Bill relating to social housing on 3
March - these clauses will now be debated on 8 March at the
We'll provide a more detailed briefing for ARCH members on the
outcome of the Lords debate on Part 4 of the Bill when it takes
place. View our previous
Prior to the debate in the Lords Committee Stage, ARCH and the
National Federation of ALMOs (NFA) produced a
joint detailed briefing paper which was circulated to
Peers. It outlined our concerns regarding Part 4 of the Bill
together with a number of suggested amendments to the Bill which we
urged the Lords to support. We were pleased to note that a number
of the amendments put down by members of the Lords reflect the
concerns raised by ARCH and the NFA.
At their last meeting on 22 February the ARCH Tenants' Group
received a presentation on the contents of the Bill as it currently
stands and subsequently agreed to support the sentiments expressed
by the tenants of council homes in Nottingham in a letter sent to Peers by the tenant
chair of Nottingham City Homes.
ARCH and the NFA will continue to make the case for council
housing, however, it remains to be seen whether any of the proposed
amendments we'd like to see will be carried and incorporated into
the final version of the Bill.