The Planning Officers Society E‐Bulletin for POS Members
POS UPDATE JUNE 2010
1 Breaking News ....... the Society has elected it's 14th President. Stephen Tapper from Enfield was appointed at the AGM on 25th June at Southport. To find out more go to:
2 Spatial Planning Latest
3 Development Management Latest
4 Legal Update
5 Brief Updates
6 Society Matters
7 Forthcoming Events
9 And Finally .....
2 SPATIAL PLANNING LATEST
RSSs and RDAs To Go
Announced in the Queen's Speech on the 25th May 2010, the Decentralisation and Localism Bill covers the new Coalition Government's proposals for a wide range of planning and related legislation. The Bill applies to England and Wales.
The Government propose that the main benefits of the Bill would be:
- Empowering local people.
- Freeing local government from central and regional control.
- Giving local communities a real share in local growth.
- A more efficient and more local planning system.
Some elements of the Bill are:
Abolition of Regional Spatial Strategies.
Return decision‐making powers on housing and planning to local councils.
Abolition of the Infrastructure Planning Commission
Give residents the power to instigate local referendums on any local issue and the power to veto excessive council tax increases.
Greater financial autonomy to local government and community groups.
Create Local Enterprise Partnerships (to replace Regional Development Agencies) - jointlocal authority‐business bodies brought forward by local authorities to promote localeconomic development.
Form plans to deliver a genuine and lasting Olympic legacy.
Outright abolition of Home Improvement Packs.
Create new trusts that would make it simpler for communities to provide homes for local people.
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