The former Lib Dem MP for Truro and St. Austell is much in demand for his views on housing. He is treated as an independent expert and therefore his views carry a degree of weight with those audiences he addresses.
But he is in fact a developer as the register of interests for the House of Lords shows- see bottom of page.
Not really an independent expert at all, so we should not take any notice of his views.
RTPI Guest blog: Why we need garden villages
17 May 2016 Author: Lord Taylor of Goss Moor
In this guest blog, Matthew Taylor (Lord Taylor of Goss Moor) shares his views on the benefits of garden villages and how they could be realised. The government having promised to get legislation to modernise the New Towns Act to deliver locally led garden villages and towns, another bill is widely anticipated in the new parliamentary session, likely to be flagged in the Queens Speech this week. The bill is likely to include measures to enable local authorities to create garden settlements.
I’ve spent the last decade working with successive governments on how we address the fundamental question of how we supply the homes we need – and that means cracking the politics of land supply…..
Lord Taylor appointed a Visiting Professor at Plymouth University
A renowned expert on housing and planning issues is to work closely with students and academics at Plymouth University as part of a new appointment.
Lord Taylor will contribute to both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, as well as working with academics.
Urbanism Awards: Lord Matthew Taylor to speak
Made a Life Peer in 2010, Lord Taylor was in 2012 asked by the government to lead an independent review of the whole of the government’s planning practice guidance. His recommendations, published at the end of 2012 were accepted, leading to the creation of a completely new, web based guidance suite replacing all of the older material, bringing it up to date an in line with the National Planning Policy Framework.
Lord Taylor continues to pursue his interest in sustainable communities, housing, the environment and strategic communications. Recently, he has been working with the Academy to develop a handbook for future Garden Cities. His Policy Exchange report in 2015 advocating Garden Towns and Villages was adopted as Government policy in the March 2016 Budget.
Director, Taylor & Garner Ltd (my own company providing services on planning, housing, sustainable new communities (garden villages and towns), plus some management consultancy and related media articles/interviews); payment for the Member’s work for South West Water (paid as salary by SWW from 1 December 2017), Kensa Heat Pumps Limited, Mayfield Market Towns and the consultancy fee for chairing the Strategic Partnership Board for St Austell Eco-town are made to Taylor & Garner Ltd. Payments are also made to Taylor & Garner Ltd for consultancy services as listed above provided by Lord Taylor, recently Lugano Dissington Estate Ltd, Larkfleet Homes, Clarion Housing Group Ltd, Dorchester Project Management Ltd, Gladman Developments Ltd, RPS Planning and Development; CEG
Non-executive Director, South West Water Ltd (attending Pennon plc Plenary Board) (water and sewerage services)
Chair and Non-executive Director, Bridgehall Real Estate Limited (development company)
Non-executive Director, Mayfield Market Towns Ltd (developing sustainable communities)