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    • Commons Briefing papers: Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Lords Library Notes: Authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • POSTbriefs: Responsive policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on mini-literature reviews and peer review, typically commissioned by select committees and library research services.
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Where do you draw the line? Local administrative boundaries in England
Published Monday, July 15, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8619
A review of policy and practice influencing the creation and change of local government and other local administrative boundaries in England.
Enforcement of planning law
Published Monday, July 8, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN01579
This briefing describes the legal powers available to local planning authorities ensure enforcement of planning law. It applies to England only.

Topic: Planning

Estimates Day debate: Spending of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Published Friday, June 28, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0162
There will be an Estimates Day debate in the House of Commons Chamber on 2 July 2019 on the spending of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). The debate will be opened by Layla Moran MP.
Replacement of EU structural funds for Least Developed Regions
Published Wednesday, June 26, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0163
A Westminster Hall debate on the replacement of EU structural funds for Least Developed Regions has been scheduled for Wednesday 26 June 2019, from 2:30-4:00pm. The debate will be led by Paul Blomfield MP.
Commons Library analysis: Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [HL] 2017-19
Published Thursday, June 20, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8598
This Commons Library briefing deals with the Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [HL] 2017-19, which would provide that the Secretary of State’s powers in relation to the management of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, include the power to grant a lease in respect of land for a period of up to 150 years.
Protecting and Representing Future Generations in Policymaking
Published Thursday, June 13, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0076
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 20 June 2019. Lord Bird (Crossbench) is to move that “this House takes note of the case for better protecting and representing the interests of future generations in policymaking”.
General Debate on Social Housing
Published Monday, June 10, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0144
On 13 June 2019 there will be a general debate on social housing. This debate will take place in the main chamber.
Housebuilding targets
Published Monday, June 10, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0147
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall at 4.30pm on Tuesday 11 June 2019 on housebuilding targets. The debate will be opened by Anne Marie Morris MP.
What next for planning in England? The National Planning Policy Framework
Published Monday, June 10, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8260
The National Planning Policy Framework sets the direction for planning in England. Following a consultation, it has been revised, to reflect more than 80 reforms previously announced by the Government in the Housing White Paper and in its consultation on planning for the right homes in the right places.
Regional Industrial Strategy
Published Friday, May 31, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0137
A debate will take place in Westminster Hall on “Industrial Strategy in the North East of England” on Wednesday 5th June at 9:30am. The debate was initiated by Mary Glindon MP.
Developments in Wind Power
Published Thursday, May 23, 2019 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0602
UK power generation from wind has increased in recent years due to sharp reductions in the costs of constructing and operating wind power facilities. Onshore wind power provides the cheapest electricity of any form of new generation built, and offshore is expected to continue to reduce in cost. Generating wind power does not emit greenhouse gases, hence future growth will help the UK meet its GHG emissions reduction targets. This POSTnote examines the innovations that have enabled wind power cost reductions, associated policy considerations and challenges for future deployment.
Building Regulations and Safety: Review and Reforms
Published Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8482
This briefing contains a short overview of the building regulation and fire safety review and proposed reforms following the Grenfell Fire.

Topics: Housing, Planning

What is affordable housing?
Published Monday, May 20, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7747
This briefing paper considers how affordable housing is defined in England and looks at key trends in the affordability of different tenure types. It examines the supply of affordable housing and the role of Housing Benefit in enabling households to access and retain affordable housing.
Permitted Development Rights
Published Friday, May 17, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN00485
Permitted development rights allow changes to be made to buildings and use of land without needing planning permission. This briefing outlines changes to PDRs already made and others that have recently been announced. It applies to England only.

Topic: Planning

Planning: change of use
Published Thursday, May 9, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN01301
Certain changes of use can be done without planning permission, using what are known as permitted development rights (PDRs). This briefing explains use classes and PDRs, examines recent changes and proposals for further change and looks in depth at the controversy surrounding the PDR for change of use from office to residential accommodation.

Topic: Planning

Gypsies and Travellers
Published Thursday, May 9, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8083
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of the key issues and policies relating to Gypsy and Traveller communities in England. The paper examines a range of issues including: inequalities, racial discrimination, accommodation needs, illegal encampments, health and education outcomes, employment rates, welfare reform and evidence of over-representation in the criminal justice system.
The UK Shared Prosperity Fund
Published Wednesday, May 8, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8527
Background and issues for consideration concerning the Government's proposed Shared Prosperity Fund, which will replace EU structural funding after Brexit.
Infrastructure Needs of London Stansted Cambridge 'Innovation Corridor'
Published Thursday, April 25, 2019 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2019-0039
This House of Lords briefing pack contains a selection of material relevant to the forthcoming debate on the Government’s assessment of the transport infrastructure needs of the United Kingdom’s Innovation Corridor (London, Stansted, Cambridge); and to what extent the current infrastructure limits that region’s potential to contribute to the nation’s wealth.
Construction Sector: Modernisation and Sustainable Housing Supply
Published Thursday, April 4, 2019 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2019-0036
This House of Lords briefing pack contains a selection of material relevant to the forthcoming debate on the residential construction sector, modern methods of construction, and the steps being taken to boost the housing supply in a sustainable way.
General debate: Housing
Published Thursday, April 4, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0064
There will be a General Debate on the subject of housing on 9 April 2019. This landing page provides links to a selection of relevant Library papers.

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