Ministerial role

Minister of State for Housing and Planning

Responsibilities

The minister is responsible for:

  • housing supply policy
  • home ownership policy
  • planning policy
  • planning casework oversight
  • Homes and Communities Agency sponsorship
  • estates regeneration
  • Thames Gateway
  • building regulations
  • private rented sector regulation
  • Neighbourhood Planning Bill

Current role holder: Gavin Barwell MP

Gavin Barwell was appointed Minister of State for Housing, Planning and Minister for London at the Department for Communities and Local Government on 17 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Croydon Central in May 2010.

Political career

Gavin previously served as Government Whip, Comptroller of HM Household from May 2015 until July 2016, Lord Commissioner, Whip from July 2014 until May 2015 and as Assistant Whip from October 2013 until July 2014.

Gavin was Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, from 2012 to 2013 and PPS to the Minister of State for Decentralisation and Planning Policy, Greg Clark, from 2011 to 2012.

Gavin has been a member of the following Select Committees:

  • Science and Technology 2010 to 2012
  • Draft House of Lords Reform Bill (Joint Committee) 2011 to 2012

Previous holders of this role

  1. Brandon Lewis MP

    • 2014 to 2016

Announcements

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  1. New money for affordable homes released

    • Press release
  2. Green light for construction of thousands of new Starter Homes

    • Press release
  3. First ever garden villages named with government support

    • Press release
  4. £60 million boost for communities affected by second homeownership

    • Press release
  5. Help to Buy helps over 220,000 people buy a new home

    • News story
  6. New banning orders to stop rogue landlords in their tracks

    • Press release
  7. New national plan and funding brings bigger boost to estate regeneration

    • Press release
  8. 2,000 new homes and thousands of jobs in Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester

    • Press release
  9. Housing agency refocus to help get more homes built

    • Press release
  10. Sajid Javid: a housing market that works for everyone

    • Press release