With the Queen finally signing off the Localism Bill on Tuesday this week (15th November) it has now become The Localism Act 2011. You can download a helpful “plain English guide” here or if you really want to plough through the whole thing you can do so here . We’ll be making sure we get our heads round it all as quickly as we can – so you can look out for updates here.
Publication of the various enabling orders and the final National Planning Policy Framework will be the next milestones along the journey that’s already started and will inevitably take us all in to new and unfamiliar territory next year.
With these major reforms now well underway, the planning and development world is going to be a very different place as we move through and beyond 2012. Developers, land and property owners, local authorities and local communities will all need to learn how to live in the new world; how to collaborate and how to compete; who and how to influence and persuade; how to protect important interests.
As the Chinese proverb goes “may you live in interesting times” – actually, I believe it’s a curse rather than a proverb, but let’s look on the bright side!