Whilst national media coverage has focused on the National Planning Policy Framework, the local government community has due cause to cast its eyes to the lowest, rather than highest, rung of our future planning system.
Westminster City Council has launched a community governance review to look at the potential for establishing new parish councils and other additional forms of elected representation in the borough.
Chief Executive Alex Thomson comments on the publication of the prospectus for the Government’s forthcoming Growing Places Fund.
Alex Thomson, Chief Executive of Localis, welcomes the Government’s Growing Places Fund prospectus.
Planning is a Krakatoa policy. For years it lies dormant with only the barest murmur on the political seismograph, and then it erupts. And this summer it has certainly erupted – it cannot have escaped the attention of even the most cursory of newspaper readers that planning has been…
Ministers have ditched a key proposal in the Localism Bill that would have enabled local people to trigger non-binding referendums on any issue.
Speaking in the House of Lords earlier this month, junior communities minister Baroness Hanham conceded that there was ?barely a friendly voice? for provisions contained within the Localism Bill to hand local people the power to ?instigate referendums on any issue?.
As one of two groups (the other being a neighbourhood forum) able to develop a neighbourhood plan, parish councils will have a vital role to play once the Localism Bill is enacted.
Francis Maude has vowed departments would try to create development opportunities boosting local growth when vacating offices in regional city centres.
Outlining central government’s property strategy today, the Minister for the Cabinet Office said cost-cutting efforts to consolidate the civil estate would have to go further in metropolitan areas like Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.
Localis today submitted their response to the governments consultation on business rates reform. In it, the local government think-tank outlined its proposed model for a new system of National Non-Domestic Rates which, the response argues, can form a vital cog in any growth strategy for the coming years driving improved economic performance from the bottom up.
We at Localis have long been active in arguing for a new system of National Non-Domestic Rates, and are delighted to be feeding into this consultation. A reformed NNDR, we believe, can form a vital cog in any growth strategy for the coming years driving improved economic performance…