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Course Aims:

This podcast aims to give a critical appraisal of the major changes to be enacted in what is currently the Localism Bill (2011). The Bill is to give effect to much of the Coalition Government’s ‘Localism Agenda’ and includes provisions relating to ultra-local involvement in the planning process. The podcast will also address some of the concerns and possible difficulties that may lie ahead if the Bill is passed into law; representing the most radical ‘shake-up’ of local government for 60 years.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand the rationale behind the Localism Act 2011 and how it fits into the Coalition government’s ‘Big Society’ policy;
  • Understand the potential issues in giving Local Authorities a general power of competence;
  • Be aware what implications the Bill has for greater community involvement in planning law;
  • Understand the fate of the Community Infrastructure Levy and how its extension may impact upon issues of good governance;
  • Be aware of the possible implications of introducing Neighbourhood Development Orders and how they fit within the existing planning structure;
  • Understand the extended duty of consultation under the proposals and what implications that may have for developments.
General Interest Difficulty: 2 of 5
Legislative Updates
Sources and References:
  • Localism Act 2011.

In this planning and local government podcast, Martin Edwards from 39 Essex Street Chambers gives a candid and lively appraisal of the Coalition Government’s ‘Localism Agenda’ enshrined in the Localism Act 2011. It will address some of the key changes to the way local authorities operate and what problems may lie in store with regards to planning and development.

Podcast added: 22/02/11

Podcast last reviewed: 2011-07-25

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