Councils should set out how they will investigate alleged cases of unauthorised development and make officers’ reports easier to find on their websites, according to a report from the Local Government Ombudsman.
This blog highlights two recent, acclaimed park projects in Berlin which offer different but equally striking stories of public involvement in the development process.
“The Big Society, Localism and Housing Policy” was the theme of a seminar series funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (2012–2014) in the UK. A collaborative venture between the Universities of St Andrews, Sheffield, Reading and Queen’s University Belfast, it brought together academics, policy-makers and practitioners from across the UK to critique contemporary political debates within the context of devolved policy-making in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The papers in this special issue of the journal Housing Theory and Society emerged from that seminar series. Whilst the policy discussions included are very much UK focused, the wider narratives around localism, empowerment, citizenship and welfare reform have a much broader international relevance.
This report from the London Assembly Planning Committee monitors the progress made on various aspects of the Localism agenda in London over the last 12 months and contains a number of questions for the wider stakeholder community designed to assess how Localism can be progressed in the capital. The Committee argues that neighbourhood planning is not working in London and it is unlikely that more than a handful of neighbourhood plans will be in place in the capital by the time of the next election.
Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Norwich, Preston and Sunderland, are some of the 24 cities which should be given more power to allocate funds, implement local taxes and control bus services, according to a new Charter published by Key Cities Group. The report outlines five key areas of priority for devolution which provide the basic building blocks for successful city management. These include: greater commissioning powers in skills, devolution of welfare budgets to improve public services, greater public transport regulation, the establishment of a Single Property Board in each city, and the freedom to implement local taxes.
This briefing provides details on four flagship Coalition Government policies that have had an impact on the powers, resources and flexibilities available to UK cities to stimulate economic growth between 2010 and 2014. The details of the Localism Act, waves one and two of City Deals and Growth Deals are set out using a common framework.
The House of Commons Library has published a planning reform briefing note providing a comprehensive outline of the Coalition’s planning reforms since the introduction of the Localism Act in 2011 and the National Planning Policy Framework in 2012.
A series of slides presented by James Grant, digital officer at the National Housing Federation, as part of a workshop he did at the National Housing Federation’s Annual Conference 2014.
A guide to writing planning policies which will address the issues that matter to your neighbourhood plan.
This tool, developed by data mapping consultancy Boilerhouse WebTools, allows users to view and update information on the progress of neighbourhood planning activity across England. Public and professionals can add and modify their own neighbourhood planning data on the map.