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London

Jones Lang LaSalle House View on Decentralisation and Localism Bill


London, 15th December 2010 - The now published Localism Bill and the resulting overhaul to the planning system will no doubt have major effects on developers and investors.
The Bill will devolve greater powers to councils and neighbourhoods and give local communities control over housing and planning decisions.

Key areas that will affect developers and investors promoting development are:

• Regional housing targets removed
• New neighbourhood plans to be approved by local referenda
• Fast-track permissions for development that accords with a neighbourhood plan
• A duty on developers to consult with local people on large projects (to be defined in regulations)
• New duty for local authorities to draw up lists of land or property of ‘community value’ with new procedures for owners who want to dispose of assets on the list
• Councillors free to campaign on development
• Appeals limited to cases where the local plan has not been properly applied
• Twin-tracking planning and enforcement appeals removed
• Community Infrastructure Levy to stay with a proportion of funds to be devolved to the local community

Clare Malcomson, Associate Director in Jones Lang LaSalle’s Planning team, said: “Decisions on development are going to be driven far more by local politics and agendas than at present, particularly with the removal of regional housing targets.  Our concern is that this will result in greater uncertainty when progressing development and a culture of buying-off objectors.”