The coalition Government's plans to devolve decision-making powers to local authorities and communities took a major step forward on 15 November 2011, when the Localism Bill received Royal Assent.
We have been following the passage of the Bill closely over the past eleven months, and see this latest milestone as a positive step forward. The passing of the Act starts to crystallise the Government's policy agenda, and we hope it will mark the beginning of the end of a long period of uncertainty which has held local authorities and developers back from progressing much needed delivery of new development and infrastructure.
Our latest briefing paper sets out our analysis of the powers passed down in the Act which we believe will have the greatest impact from a planning, development and regeneration perspective.
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