Deregulation Bill — Short-term Use of London Accommodation: Relaxation of Restrictions — 10 Mar 2015 at 16:15
The majority of MPs voted to let planning authorities insist Londoners wishing to rent out their homes for short periods have specific planning permission to do so on the grounds the authority considers that it is "necessary" rather than merely "desirable" to "protect the amenity of the locality".
MPs were considering the Deregulation Bill.
The amendment rejected by the majority of MPs who took part in this vote was:
- Amendment (g) proposed to Lords amendment 27
Section 25 of the Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1973 provides that the use of residential premises for temporary sleeping accommodation for less than 90 consecutive nights in London is a change of use, for which planning permission is required.
Amendment 27 provided for an exemption applying where the use as temporary accommodation is for less than 90 days in a year and where the person providing the accommodation is liable for the council tax on the property.
The amendment included a provision enabling a planning authority not to apply the exemption to a particular area, or particular properties if they consider "that it is necessary to protect the amenity of the locality"
Amendment (g), which was the subject of this vote stated:
- Line 41, after “necessary”, insert “or desirable”
This wording relates to the threshold at which the planning authority can decide to remove the exemption.
The text of the rejected motion was:
- That the amendment be made.
The full text of the Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1973 does not appear to be available online; for the purposes of this description its content has been inferred from references to it which is not ideal.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Deregulation Bill 2015 (now an Act)
-  Amendment paper containing amendment (g)
-  Promoting the sharing economy in London, Written Ministerial Statement, Brandon Lewis MP, Conservative, Great Yarmouth
-  Westminster council research report - Short Term Letting in Westminster (1995-2006)
-  Lords amendments to the Bill (PDF)
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||238 (+2 tell)||0||0||79.2%|
|Lab||0||152 (+2 tell)||0||59.7%|