Jury’s out on localism
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.