Presentation on theme: "The Localism Bill Anna Turley, New Local Government Network 22 January 2011, Construction Industry Council."— Presentation transcript:
The Localism Bill Anna Turley, New Local Government Network 22 January 2011, Construction Industry Council
Falling Net Capital Investment by Govt Source: Office for Budget Responsibility, Nov 2010
Capital Change 2010-2015 by Department Source: Institute for Fiscal Studies, Feb 2011
Brave New World? Decentralisation, localism and the Big Society Response to specific emerging challenges: Demographics Dependency Public expectations Budget cuts Growth of government Fragmentation, decentralisation of traditional state control
Reform to make the planning system clearer, more democratic and more effective. The Bill will: place significantly more influence in the hands of local people over issues that make a big difference to their lives provide appropriate support and recognition to communities who welcome new development reduce red tape, making it easier for authorities to get on with the job of working with local people to draw up a vision for their area’s future reinforce the democratic nature of the planning system – passing power from bodies not directly answerable to the public, to democratically accountable Ministers
The Localism Bill contents: General Power of Competence Removal of ‘top down’ regional planning - abolition of regional strategies and of the Infrastructure Planning Commission Duty to cooperate on local planning authorities and other bodies Neighbourhood development orders and plans Community right to build Compulsory pre-application consultation for developments above certain thresholds. CIL income direct to communities and set locally Requirement to consult communities
Opportunities Less bureaucratic, target-led and top down Reflect local circumstances Incentive driven – eg. New Homes Bonus Opposition to development set against wider community benefits Localised developer contributions More control for parishes, neighbourhoods and people
Challenges Strategic gap at regional/sub-regional level Centralisation? What is a neighbourhood/community? Democratic mandate Competency? Procedure? Cost? Role of parish councils Council versus community (and council) Economies of scale – fragmentation and risk? Incentives not reflecting economic development need
The future Wider engagement than the local authority now required Influence local residents, persuading them of the merits of their schemes and proposals. Third party collaboration on the design of a development. Role for LEPs? Official status and planning powers?
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