Localism Bill becomes Localism Act

Author: Mark Harnett

The Localism Bill received Royal Assent on 16 November 2011.

The Act, which many commentators are claiming is the most important piece of planning legislation in a generation, includes measures for major reform of the planning system in England. The Act starts the process of decentralisation, which, it is intended, will shift power away from central government and empower local communities.

It includes a raft of changes, including the creation of a community Right to Buy, Neighbourhood Development Plans and the official abolition of Regional Spatial Strategies plans. The measures also introduce a new regime for pre-application consultations and new planning enforcement rules, giving councils power to take action against people who deliberately conceal unauthorised development.

For further information, please contact Mark Harnett, head of planning at Fladgate LLP

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