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Archive | 2011 | March

Budget Planning

In his Budget speech George Osborne affirmed the Government’s objective of significant reform to simplify and streamline the planning system alongside new financial incentives and mechanisms to support private enterprise. The Chancellor stated that the planning system is a ‘chronic obstacle to growth’ and used a raft of pro-development language not heard from his office since the mid-80′s. Whilst the announcements made in the Budget can only be seen as positive for businesses and developers, it seems a rather unashamed swing away from the principles of the Localism Agenda, which seek to hand more power to local communities. Under the provisions of the Budget and its accompanying growth strategy document, firms will be able to develop neighbourhood plans, theoretically meaning that businesses should be able to develop and implement [...]

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The Localism Agenda – Greater community involvement?

What are the Government’s intentions regarding the Localism Agenda and greater community involvement? Is the aim to increase involvement by local government planners, which may result in quicker decisions; or is it to give more power to local communities and individuals, which could lead to increased ’nimbyism’? The answer you get to these questions will very much depend on who you ask, as at present it is very unclear as to what the Government’s ‘Localism Agenda’ actually entails.  Regional Government Offices have already been abolished and their Regional Spatial Strategies with them, but proposals for Local Enterprise Partnerships to replace Regional Development Agencies are unclear and there appears to be no guidance or advice as to how these LEP’s should be formed and to a lesser extent what their role [...]

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