Transformation of the planning system is proposed in the Localism Bill. It is likely to present challenges for local authorities, developers, parish councils, community groups and neighbourhoods. The Bill is some 400 pages long and deals with the local planning policy framework with a move towards neighbourhood planning and changes to the way in which charging schedules to the community infrastructure structure levy are to be imposed. There are additional changes in relation to community heritage assets in respect of which moratoriums may be imposed against sale and there are extension of enforcement powers for the local authority against unauthorised development. Further changes are awaited in the form of the National Planning Policy Framework.

A copy of the Bill can be located at: We would be happy to provide tailor-made training in respect of the impacts of these proposals on those affected.