The Localism Bill received its second reading in the House of Lords on 7 June. In advance of this, heritage bodies, led by the Heritage Alliance, issued a briefing to the House, outlining the sector’s stance on the Bill and welcoming amendments to the Bill so far with further suggestions to ensure protection for the historic environment.
The Bill will go into Committee Stage in the Lords on Monday 20 June.
Interestingly, a new report from the Communities and Local Government select committee pulls localism apart, highlighting confusion over clarity of definition and potential pitfalls for departments and councils attempting to implement it. The report says that ministers have failed to communicate a ‘compelling vision’ of localism and have left out councils from the localism agenda.
HTF continue to work with interested parties around the Bill and the built environment, and have received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to host a Westminster Briefing in conjunction with leading academics, practitioners and agencies working in the field. More information as it becomes available.
Listen to views from all sides on BBC Radio 4 - some say the Bill is a great delivery agent for the Big Society, others say it promotes Nimbyism – are you a critic or a supporter?
BOOK HERE for HTF'S next localism events Chester 17 June and Bath 21 July