Localism Bill unveiled

Localism Bill unveiled

Monday, 13th December 2010

A draft of the new Localism Bill, which will overhaul current planning processes, has been published today.

The proposed legislation dispenses with regional planning and replaces the much-criticised Infrastructure Planning Commission with a more open system for reviewing major infrastructure projects.

Other proposals include Neighbourhood Plans that will enable communities to permit development – in full or in outline – without the need for planning applications.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: 'The Localism Bill will herald a ground-breaking shift in power to councils and communities overturning decades of central government control and starting a new era of people power.'

The Bill also aims to return decision-making powers on housing to local councils and communities under a new Community Right to Build.In future, it may be local residents who decide whether homes and amenities are built in rural towns and villages.

'With housebuilding at its lowest peacetime level since 1924, the time is right for radical shake up of the entire system. The Bill will end top-down targets - in their place communities with the vision and drive to build more homes will be given the freedom to achieve their ambitions, and this will be backed up with powerful cash incentives for councils that allow new development in their area,' said Housing Minister Grant Shapps.

The Government has today also published the Decentralisation and the Localism Bill: an essential guide, which identifies six actions related to changes proposed by the Bill.

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