The House of Lords has been debating a raft of recently added amendments to the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill (the ‘Bill’). The headline amendment is the proposal to abolish the requirement for new developments to be nutrient neutral. The House of Lords rejected this proposal, therefore local planning authorities (LPAs) and developers are left with no clear indication on what will happen with regards to the requirement for new residential developments to be nutrient neutral.
The House of Lords has accepted various planning and development related amendments that will be inserted into the Bill. However, the House of Commons will need to consider and agree these amendments before they are incorporated into the final version of the Bill:
Other amendments that the House of Lords has accepted include a requirement for the Government to keep a register of schools and hospitals in serious disrepair, amending the Building Safety Act, amending provisions for upgrading sewer plants and enabling local authorities to open their own childcare facilities.
As can be seen, the Bill contains an ambitious and far-reaching legislative programme and much of the detail, even once the Bill comes into force, will require secondary legislation and a great deal of further information.
A third and final reading of the Bill in the House of Lords is scheduled for 21 September 2023. However, there is likely to be a game of Parliamentary ping-pong, with the Bill passing between the House of Commons and the House of Lords, until the Bill is agreed in a final form. The Bill will then receive royal assent and become legislation but it is currently not possible to put a definite time scale on this.
If you require any further information on the Bill, and how it may impact on you, please contact the public sector team.