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Localism and Planning

Authors: Simon Ricketts and Duncan Field

ISBN: 9781847669452

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Edition: 1st

Publisher: Bloomsbury Professional

Localism and Planning

Localism and Planning

Most radical reforms to planning finally covered in one book

Localism and Planning looks beyond the political sound bites to examine the practical, legal and administrative implications of the most radical reforms to the UK planning system in 40 years. For the first time, and in one volume, this brand new title brings detailed commentary together on the vast range of legislative and policy changes that amount to the coalition Government's "localism" agenda for planning reform.

Localism Act 2011 and much more

Localism and Planning sets out and explains the changes introduced by the Localism Act as well as the introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy, Local Enterprise Partnerships, the National Planning Policy Framework, the abolition of the regional strategies, and a number of other legislative and policy changes.

Helpful tools and practical guidance

Whatever area you work in, Localism and Planning has all the practical guidance you need. While the main bulk of the book clearly explains which changes have been made, the final chapter considers what they will mean in practice for developers, local authorities and communities, particularly highlighting how to take advantage of new opportunities and how to tackle new obstacles. Overall this book will help you shift your mindset to work within this brand new system. Most helpfully the book also contains extensive cross-referencing to original source material thus making it an invaluable aid to legal, planning and political research. The comprehensive list of contents and appendices cover every essential area of the planning reforms.

About the authors

Simon Ricketts is a leading planning lawyer and UK real estate at international law firm SJ Berwin. He was called to the Bar in 1985 and re-qualified as a solicitor in 1991. He has acted on the planning law aspects of many of the largest development projects and transactions in the UK.

Simon is co-author, with Duncan Field, of "Localism and Planning", published by Bloomsbury in May 2012, a guide to the coalition Government's reform of the planning system. He runs the popular "L is for Localism" blog ( and has spoken and written widely on controversial planning law issues.

Jointly with Nicholas Shattock, Simon contributed a paper, "Mediation and The Planning

Inspectorate", to the Smith Institute's book "Planning for the Future", 2008. Jointly with Sarah Bischoff, he has contributed a chapter, "SANGs: the Thames Basin case study", to "The Habitats Directive: a developer's obstacle course?" edited by Gregory Jones QC and to be published by Hart Publishing later in 2012.

Duncan Field is a solicitor and Head of Planning Law (UK) at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP. He advises clients on major developments such as city centre regeneration schemes, housing developments, airports, ports and other infrastructure projects. Duncan is the co-author of Localism and Planning (with Simon Ricketts) and is quoted regularly in the planning and property press. He is a regular user of Twitter (@fieldduncan) and a member of a number of professional organisations and committees including The City of London Law Society Planning & Environment Committee, the Westminster Property Association Transport Working Group and the Anglo American Real Property Institute. Duncan was educated at Cambridge University and now lives in Kent.