The Localism Bill
The Bill provides the legislative basis for a proposed shift of power from central Government to local communities.
The specific reforms are wide-ranging but a number relate to planning:
- The abolishment of Regional Strategies;
- Changes to the Community Infrastructure Levy;
- Inspectors will only be able to suggest changes to Local Plans;
- Right for Communities to prepare Neighbourhood Plans;
- Community Right to Build without the need for permission;
- Local Authorities and public bodies are duty bound to cooperate with each other;
- New requirements for developers to consult local communities before submitting planning applications for very large developments;
- Proposals in the bill will tackle abuses of the planning system;
- The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) is replaced with a fast-track process for major infrastructure projects.