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Planning and the Localism Act 2011

A Guide to the New Law
Paul Stookes and Pat Thomas
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The Localism Act contains wide-ranging reforms aimed at devolving power. They include:

  • 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 the task of bringing these reforms into focus for practitioners, and, in particular, they:

  • outline the context of the Act and, broadly, the political concept of localism
  • clarify the powers of local authorities, their liabilities and the opportunities for community involvement
  • provide an expert and detailed analysis of each planning related provision
  • summarise 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 the National Planning Policy Framework, which is central to the implementation and understanding of the Localism Act 2011.

This book is essential reading for planning and property lawyers, town planners, planning consultants, and local authorities.


  1. 1. Introduction
  3. Part A – General Matters Influencing Planning
  4. 2. Local government
  5. 3. EU fines
  6. 4. Community empowerment
  8. Part B – Planning Reform:
  9. 6. Community Infrastructure Levy
  10. 7. Neighbourhood planning
  11. 8. Consultation
  12. 9. Enforcement
  13. 10. Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects
  14. 11. Other planning matters
  16. Part C – Specific Planning Reform Measures
  17. 12. London
  18. 13. Compensation
  19. 14. National Planning Policy Framework
  21. Appendix:
  22. A. Localism Act 2011 (extracts)
  23. B. List of regulations
  24. C. Commencement
  25. D. Glossary.

About the Author

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




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