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. The Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP

    • 2014 to 2016

Announcements

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  1. Privy Council appointments: Gavin Barwell and Mel Stride

    • Press release
  2. Government action to ban letting agent fees

    • Press release
  3. Tougher measures to target rogue landlords

    • Press release
  4. New measures to unlock brownfield land for thousands of homes

    • Press release
  5. Help to Buy used by over a million

    • News story
  6. More than 100 housing estates receive regeneration cash boost

    • Press release
  7. £45 million to accelerate 4,500 homes in Cambridgeshire

    • Press release
  8. Multi-million pound deal for 5,750 new homes in Kent

    • Press release
  9. Housing starts hit 9-year high

    • Press release
  10. CPRE Annual Lecture

    • Speech