Localism Bill - update
This alert was included in the spring 2011 issue of Informer - the real estate newsletter.
The Localism Bill continues its journey through Parliament and has now reached the Report Stage in the House of Commons.
Further consultation papers have also been published by CLG providing more details on aspects of the Bill. One such consultation paper relates to the proposal to make pre-application consultation a legal requirement (see Clause 102 of the Bill).
It is now suggested that the threshold for undertaking pre-application consultation is set at large scale major planning applications specifically those for:
- 200 new dwellings or more (or where the number of dwellings is not prescribed for sites up to 4 hectares); or
- other developments providing over 10,000 sqm additional floor space (or with a site area of 2 hectares or more)
We watch closely as to whether this threshold level comes down given supporters of the Localism agenda will argue that the local community should have a right to be consulted on all but the most minor of developments.
Related story: Localism Bill - Update on Pre-application consultation