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Planning and the Localism Act 2011


Planning and environmental law

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13 June 2012

Law Society Publishing


448 pages

Planning and the Localism Act 2011
A Guide to the New Law

Paul Stookes and Pat Thomas


The Localism Act contains wide-ranging reforms aimed at devolving power. Among them aresignificant changes to planning, including:

  • the abolition of regional spatial strategies
  • the duty to co-operate in relation to sustainable development
  • the use of the Community Infrastructure Levy
  • neighbourhood planning, enforcement and infrastructure projects.

In this book, two leading planning lawyers lend their combined experience and insight to thetask of bringing these reforms into focus for practitioners, and in particular:

  • outlining the context of the Act and, broadly, the political concept of localism
  • clarifying the powers of local authorities, their liabilities and the opportunitiesfor community involvement
  • providing an expert and detailed analysis of each planning related provision
  • summarising the non-planning matters, such as housing and council tax,and London planning matters

The authors conclude their commentary on the Act with a discussion of the key parts of theNational Planning Policy Framework, which is central to the implementation and understandingof the Localism Act 2011.

This book will be essential reading for planning and property lawyers, town planners, planningconsultants, and local authorities.


1. Introduction;
2. Local government;
3. EU fines;
4. Community empowerment;
PART B - PLANNING REFORM: 5. Plans and strategies;
6. Community Infrastructure Levy;
Neighbourhood planning;
8. Consultation;
9. Enforcement;
10. Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects;
11. Other planning matters;
12. London;
13. Compensation;
14. National Planning PolicyFramework;
Appendix: A. Localism Act 2011 (extracts);
D. Statutory instruments;
C. Glossary.

About the Authors

Dr Paul Stookes is a solicitor-advocate, partner at specialist law firm Richard Buxton Environmental & Public Law and an accredited mediator. He has been involved in law reform as a specialist adviser to the Government in relation to the clean neighbourhood provisions, by progressing prominent cases in planning and environmental impact assessment and as a member of the Law Society's Planning and Environment Committee. Paul regularly lectures on planning and environmental law and was senior lecturer at the School of Law, University of Hertfordshire between 2005 and 2011. He is author of A Practical Approach to Environmental Law 2nd ed (OUP, 2009), People Power (Daily Telegraph, 2008) and editor of the environmental sentencing guidelines: Costing the Earth 2nd ed. (Magistrates' Association, 2009). His developing mediation practice is wide-ranging covering civil, public law and community disputes.

Pat Thomas is a member, and former chairman, of the Law Society's Planning and EnvironmentalLaw Committee; a member of the City of London Law Society Planning Committee; trusteeand vice-chair of the Town and Country Planning Association; and a member of the GeneralAssembly, Royal Town Planning Institute. Pat has been awarded the OBE for services to townand country planning.