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Localism Bill makes further progress

The Government has said it is prepared to consider further changes to its flagship Localism Bill which contains proposals for major planning reform, including a new tier of land-use plans at neighbourhood level.

Communities and Local Government minister Baroness Hanham stressed that the administration was open to discussion in a number of areas during the Bill’s second reading in the Lords.

“I genuinely say again that we are willing to talk and to listen. We were asked for meetings on a number of subjects, which we will have if people want them. I ask noble Lords to get in touch and we will see where minds meet.” Her comments came in her finishing speech.

In the run-up to the Lords debate decentralisation minister Greg Clark revealed that a further 40 communities from a mix of urban and rural areas were keen to trial new-look neighbourhood plans.

Meanwhile housing minister Grant Shapps urged local communities to make use of new powers in the Bill to “de-clutter” their streets and begin exploring the opportunities provided by the new Community Right to Build measure which would mean some development would not need planning permission.

Read the Lords Hansard report (7 June, column 147).


Roger Milne

9 June 2011