Minister of State for Housing and Planning

Brandon Lewis MP

Biography

Brandon Lewis was appointed Minister of State for Housing and Planning at the Department for Communities and Local Government on 15 July 2014. He was elected Conservative MP for Great Yarmouth in 2010.

Education

Brandon has a BSc Economics and LLB Hons (Law) from the University of Buckingham. He also holds an LLM in commercial law from King’s College London.

Political career

Brandon was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government from September 2012.

Career outside politics

Brandon is a qualified barrister and a company director. Before joining the government, Brandon was an active member of a number of All Party Parliamentary Groups, including those for enterprise zones and local growth as well as local government. He was co-chair of a group on coastal erosion and continues to work with colleagues who represent other coastal towns to highlight common issues in their constituencies.

Brandon served on Brentwood Borough Council for more than 10 years, with 5 as leader.

Personal life

Brandon is married with 2 children. He enjoys a variety of sports as well as reading and going to the theatre and cinema. He has also completed the London Marathon twice.

Minister of State for Housing and Planning

The minister is responsible for:

  • housing (including Ebbsfleet)
  • planning policy
  • neighbourhood planning
  • lead minister on the Housing Bill
  • planning casework

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

    • 2012 to 2014

Policies

  1. Planning reform
  2. Planning system
  3. Homebuying
  4. House building
  5. Rented housing sector

Announcements

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  1. Empty homes reach all time low

    • Press release
  2. New government plans for 1 new home in 5 to be a starter home

    • Press release
  3. Thousands more people taking up their Right to Buy

    • Press release
  4. Home Builders Federation Policy Forum 2016

    • Speech
  5. First areas to push for faster brownfield land development

    • Press release
  6. Sunday trading set to benefit economy to the tune of £1.5 billion

    • Press release
  7. Boost for aspiring homeowners as planning permissions hit 8-year high

    • Press release
  8. Housing starts and completions hit 7-year high

    • Press release
  9. Brandon Lewis: We are turning around the housing market

    • Press release
  10. Fast track applications to speed up planning process and boost housebuilding

    • Press release