The Government made further progress with its Localism agenda earlier this week with the Localism Bill receiving Royal Assent on Tuesday (15th November).
So, that means we now have a Localism Act. Hoorah some of you may shout! But before you rush off to mobilise your local “community” bear in mind the legislation doesn’t take immediate effect. There is still plenty of guidance and regulation to be clarified. Those that will have a direct impact on the planning and development industry include: regulations on CIL and neighbourhood planning; and, the outcomes of the local plan regulations and change of use consultations. The RTPI is also pushing for clarification of the position on planning fees and the transitional arrangements for existing Local Plans once the NPPF is in place.
With all of this still to be ironed out it’s likely that different parts of the Act will come in to force at different times. The current estimates though are for the major measures to come in to effect in April 2012 – still a few months to wait then before we land in the new world of the Big Society.
The plain English guide to the reforms can be found here.