The Localism Act
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The Localism Act was published in December 2010 and sets
out how we should consult with the community, how Neighbourhood
Development Plans and Orders and the Community Right to Build will
work in practice and outlines the key incentives for local
authorities to accept new housing - the New Homes Bonus and the
Community Infrastructure Levy.
Heralded as the key focus of Government efforts to decentralise
power away from Whitehall, the key theme is the 'Big Society'. The
proposals are radical and move planning debate to a local level
using financial incentives to encourage growth.
The Bill also proposes to give communities the power to
instigate local referendums on local issues.
The key challenge will be to ensure that economic growth is not
stymied by the self-interest of a few cash-and-time-rich
individuals and groups.
Pre-application consultation is already a statutory process in
Scotland and the Localism Bill outlines a duty to consult on major
planning applications in England. The Department for Communities
and Local Government is proposing that the threshold for such
consultation is set at:
- 200 plus dwellings
- Developments in excess of 10,000 sq m of additional floor
The CLG has identified the following benefits regarding its
- Faster decision making as issues will be identified and
- Increased local support once the application is submitted
- Reduced need to appeal
- Speedier start on site
- Overall increase in housing supply
It is essential that you reach the silent majority and secure
advocates for your development. For a free briefing on the
Localism Act and how it will impact your business, contact
Victoria Walker, director of property & development, on 0844
842 5270 or email email@example.com