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Surveyors set up localism commission

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has set up an independent Land and Society Commission to examine how communities can shape and manage their neighbourhoods in the light of localism and the Big Society. It has called for evidence from those with expertise in this field.

The Commission will be chaired by Trevor Beattie and comprise people drawn from the urban and rural property sectors, communities, academia and local government. It will lead a four-month investigation on how communities can embrace their new land and property powers.

The Commission’s final report, due to be published in April, will make recommendations to Government, policy makers and land and property sector bodies as to how to help empower communities to shape and manage their neighbourhoods.

Witness sessions will be held at RICS head office in London during February and March and will focus on five key areas:

  • community asset acquisition and management
  • neighbourhood planning
  • community housing
  • capacity building
  • valuation

Trevor Beattie said: “We would be extremely interested to hear from those with expertise in community action, the built environment and local government who feel they may be able to contribute. The final report will make recommendations directly to Government, policy makers and land and property sector bodies as to how best to ensure the success of these newly devolved powers.”

Beattie was formerly director of place making at the Homes and Communities Agency. Before joining the HCA he was director of corporate strategy at English Partnerships, where he was responsible for EP’s policy, communications and economics functions.

He created the Advisory Team for Large Applications (ATLAS), and for many years was responsible for EP’s National Coalfields Programme.

Read the RICS news release.


Roger Milne

13 January 2010