The Localism Bill, published on the 13 December last year, will be given a second reading on 17 January.

Responding to the Localism Bill

The Localism Bill, published on the 13 December last year, will be given a second reading on 17 January. This will be the first time the Bill has been debated in the House of Commons since it was introduced.

The LI’s Policy Committee will be corresponding with MPs in the run up to the second reading with a response to its key clauses.

In addition, the LI will be putting together a more detailed submission for the Public Bill Committee, which will be scrutinising the contents of the Bill  in its current form. A deadline for submission has yet to be announced.

To follow the progress of the Localism Bill and to subscribe to RSS feeds, go to the UK parliament website.

National Planning Policy Framework
Many anticipated that the Localism Bill would also make provisions for the revision of the planning system whereby Planning Policy Statement and Planning Policy Guidance would be consolidated into a simplified National Planning Policy Framework. The Bill doesn’t account for this, as it turns out. However, the Planning Minister Greg Clark has invited organisations and individuals to “offer their suggestions to the Department on what priorities and policies we might adopt to produce a shorter, more decentralised and less bureaucratic National Planning Policy Framework.”

The LI Policy Committee encourages members to send in their views so that it can collate them in advance of submission deadline on 28 February 2011. Please send your views to policy@landscapeinstitute.org

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