Localism Update

The Localism Bill has entered into Committee stage in the House of Lords. Line by line examination of the Bill continued during the fifth day of committee stage on 05 July. Amendments discussed covered clauses 68-74 of the Bill. Committee stage recommenced on 07 July with further amendments up for discussion.

Well done to the Heritage Alliance (of which HTF are a member) for their continued briefings to the House of Lords, which have resulted in two tabled amendments for consideration in the Lords’ committee (148AZZA* and 152D*) supporting proposals for recognition of cultural well-being, the balance of public/private investment in neighbourhoods, and the status of national planning guidance in Neighbourhood Development Orders.

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. This event will take place in November, to coincide with the expected passing of the Bill. More information as it becomes available.

HTF is anticipating the following forthcoming DCLG consultations, in addition to the NPPF (expected on or around 17 July). These are expected to be:

  • CIL - consultation on new guidance and/or regulations
  • Consultation on Neighbourhood Planning regulations
  • Consultation on simplified Local Planning regulations

We understand these will be published before Parliament goes into recess (20 July), and consultations will last for the usual 12 weeks.

Read David Cameron’s comments on the launch of the Open Public Services White Paper
Read HTF’s response to the Bill
Join in with HTF’s Localism forum debates on LinkedIn
Follow the progress of the Bill
Follow the progress of the Heritage Alliance’s Parliamentary Team
Free advice to support neighbourhood planning

BOOK HERE for HTF'S next localism seminar in Bath on 21 July – hurry as places are now at a premium!