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The Localism Bill was introduced to Parliament on 13 December 2010, and was given Royal Assent on 15 November 2011.

Although the majority of the Act comes into force on a day of the government’s choosing (expected to be 6 April 2012), some sections have now come into force.

Another tranche comes into force on 15 January 2012. The most important section that came fully into force recently is the duty on local authorities to co-operate on the planning of sustainable development (s.110).  Those in the middle of preparing their development plans will now have to consider whether they should enter discussions with neighbouring authorities.

Eric Pickles is also now entitled to lay an order revoking one or more regional strategies, although because he is consulting on the environmental effects of doing so until 20 January 2012 this is not likely to take place.  Meanwhile, CALA Homes is launching yet another legal challenge to Pickles’ decision to refuse permission for its housing scheme in Winchester.

arc news…..coming soon

arc Projects… coming soon

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Department for Communities and Local Government


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George Osborne Autumn Statement

December 2011

George Osborne’s Autumn Statement, the Plan for Growth Implementation Update and the new National Infrastructure Plan 2011 confirm further planning reform to help deliver the Government hopes to build a stronger economy.

They announce consultations to look out for in 2012, covering the streamlining of non-planning consents, appeals and changes of use, as well as the proposed 12 month ‘planning guarantee’.

arc planning HOUSING & REGENERATION application success

Last night, London Borough of Ealing approved the full planning application for the Copley Close regeneration. arc planning were appointed to assist in providing advice and support in the finalisation of a site wide masterplan and prepare and submit the final planning application for the development. We prepared supporting statements and submitted the application and helped guide the application proposals through the planning process.

Copley Close is the first regeneration project that is led and funded directly by the council. The scheme is a national example of urban transformation; a genuine mix of refurbishment and new build, mixed tenure homes designed  on a tenure blind/pepper potted basis.

This is a great achievement for the Council’s project team and members of the design team (Hunters, HTA and Peter Brett Associates) who have worked tirelessly to produce design solutions to very complex issues.