Consultation launched on giving planning power to the people
Thursday 20th October 2011
The Government has published a consultation on its proposals to give local communities powers to plan the development in their own areas.
Neighbourhood planning is being introduced by the Localism Bill and will give local residents and businesses a voice.
The consultation asks respondents to comment on whether the new approach is workable and proportionate in its current form, and whether there is enough flexibility.
Decentralisation minister Greg Clark said: “For the first time, local people will have a real voice in deciding the look and feel of development in their area through neighbourhood planning.
“Communities will be able to shape their own vision for the future as they see fit. They will be able to protect what makes their town or village special, including green spaces, and have their say on the design and location of new homes.”
The consultation will close on January 5 and can be found on the CLG website.
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