Localism Act 2011: What You Need To Know

    December 2011
    The Localism Act received Royal Assent on 15 November 2011 and puts into practice the Coalition Government’s decentralisation agenda, which aims to “…end the era of top down government by giving new powers to local councils, communities, neighbourhoods and individuals.” (The Coalition: Our Programme for Government; 20 May 2010).

    The Act introduces wide ranging reforms to local government and the planning system. A number of the key changes to the planning system are summarised in this article