Jury’s out on lo­cal­ism

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

THE Lo­cal­ism Bill has been pub­lished mak­ing it clear just how huge a role lo­cal peo­ple will have in plan­ning.

They will be given un­prece­dented pow­ers to agree to or veto lo­cal de­vel­op­ments and even to build their own houses and lo­cal ameni­ties.

The Bill in­cludes a new duty on de­vel­op­ers of large-scale schemes to con­sult the lo­cal com­mu­nity be­fore sub­mit­ting a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to the lo­cal author­ity.

Steve Lees, di­rec­tor at SmartNewHomes.com, says: “The jury is still out as to whether the Lo­cal­ism Bill will ac­tu­ally al­low new homes to be built in the vol­ume re­quired.”

The Bill in­cludes a right for com­mu­ni­ties to buy lo­cal as­sets such as li­braries, pubs and shops.

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