Localism Bill progresses despite opposition and critiques
The Second Reading debate in the House of Commons on the Localism Bill took place on January 17: the first debate on the Bill since its introduction in Parliament in mid-December. The debate lasted for six hours, and duly ended with the Bill receiving its second reading, despite the Labour Party's attempts to block it. Parliament is now asking for written representations no the Bill - for more details see below.
The most controversial provisions appeared to be the community right to challenge/buy, having 'shadow mayors' in advance of referundums to elect actual mayors, and the provisions for social housing. Many MPs also said that localism was useless if communities did not have the means to exercise it (due to the cuts).
- New guidance needed for neighbourhood plan-makers and decision-makers over status and impact of local plans
- Councils should be given new powers to tackle land banking by developers, says new report on local authority innovation
- Community Right to Build: new guidelines for access to funds and planning permissions
- Too many UK pubs converted into supermarkets since January 2010: CAMRA steps up campaign to change planning rules
- Parades to be proud of: new guide supports the renewal of local shopping parades
- Government Red Tape Challenge spotlights housing and construction: excessive regulation to be sent to the scrapheap
- Neighbourhood planning 'should contribute to sustainable development' says Localism Bill as it clears Lords review
- More front runner neighbourhoods selected to 'test out neighbourhood planning'
- Peers call on ministers to remove top-down micromanagement from the Localism Bill and also debate local finance
- Business Neighbourhood Frontrunners to trial proposed new neighbourhood planning powers
- Seventeen communities will get £20,000 to draft plans and spearhead trials of neighbourhood planning – led by town halls
- Plain English guide to the Localism Bill published
- £3 million worth of funding for community organisations to engage with neighbourhood planning
- CIL continues: an 'outbreak of democracy' and a fairer system to fund infrastructure, with more funds allocated to communities
- National Planning Framework, Community Right to Build, reformed CIL schemes to be in place by April 2011: TIF by July 2010
- Planning and transport groups voice concern that localism agenda does not impact on planning at the ‘larger-than-local level'
- Neighbourhood planning groups can apply for £22.5 million to support new neighbourhood plans and development orders
- New tool enables challenges to Government land or property usage: both vacant and occupied
- Further proposals to cut planning red tape and offer more support for local communities to devise neighbourhood plans
- How can public spaces influence urban policies: shifting from a planning-centred to a people-centred approach