Or directly from Create Streets own blog containing transcript from second reading http://www.createstreets.com/blog/4585309664/Second-reading-of-the-Direct-Planning-Bill-in-the-House-of-Lords/10351409
The bill will now progress to the committee stage within the House of Lords.
It makes good reading, contains many thoughtful comments and also gives an insight into current government policy.
Here are some quotations from the speeches.
“As the pioneering work of the community group Look! St Albans shows, it is entirely possible for neighbourhood forums and groups to work up design codes. Activity of this kind will be further supported and extended by a most valuable tool kit which the Prince’s Foundation is currently testing.” Lord Lexden
"The fact that the principles, such as charrette, have been tried and tested in other environments and found to work means that, as a pilot—bearing in mind that that is what it sets out to put in place—this is a Bill whose moment has come. It is time to put it into wider action." The Earl of Lytton
"....I am a local councillor in Lewisham and represent the ward of Crofton Park. We have begun the process of setting up a neighbourhood forum in that ward. That takes a lot of work and can be challenging, but I am very much of the opinion that it will produce better outcomes for local people as they are more fully involved in the planning process rather than being spectators. For many years we have had an awful development site covered with pink hoarding which we have never been able to sort out. Indeed, we have spent years trying to sort it out. It has been the centre of battles between local residents and various developers. If we had had a charrette, we could have dealt with that problem much more quickly than we finally managed to do earlier this year." Lord Kennedy of Southwark
".....as my noble friend points out, local communities can be very reluctant to accept new development in their area. One of the reasons for this is poor design—soulless development that will destroy the character of their area. This is something that must be changed. It is therefore important that local authorities and developers work with communities to ensure that they get the quality of new housing development that they want. Baroness Williams of Trafford
Vanessa Gregory Chairman of Look St Albans said "The Look! St Albans community should be greatly heartened by the knowledge that our ground-breaking work has reached the House of Lords. We know our method works! We sincerely hope many more people up and down the land will be just as empowered, to turn wasted negative energy into positive collaborations, producing buildings of which we can all be proud. The BIMBY (Beauty-In-My-Back-Yard) toolkit https://www.bimby.org.uk/ which is currently being tested by community groups, should significantly help more communities to have the power in their hands to influence new buildings in their area. In the words of The Earl of Lytton 'this is a Bill whose moment has come'!"