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.
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