Localism and Planning - Press Release

Press Release
Publishing 30th May 2012

Localism and Planning9781847669452

Simon Ricketts and Duncan Field

The first book to cover the new planning regime comprehensively

Looking beyond political sound bites, Localism and Planning examines the practical, legal and administrative implications of the most radical reforms to the UK planning system in 40 years.

The implementation of the Localism Act 2011 and publication of the National Planning Policy Framework marked the official start to a new world of planning. With many other reforms bringing change across the field, now is the perfect time for planners, planning lawyers, developers and communities to get to grips with what localism means in practice.

For the first time, and in one volume, this brand new title by leading planning lawyers Simon Ricketts (SJ Berwin) and Duncan Field (Wragge and Co)brings detailed commentary together on a vast range of legislative and policy changes – that comprise the coalition Government’ “localism” agenda for planning reform.

The Localism Act 2011 and much more

Reflecting the law and policy as at 6th April 2012, Localism and Planning not only covers the Localism Act 2011 but also plus the introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy, Local Enterprise Partnerships, the National Planning Policy Framework, the abolition of the regional strategies and many other legislative and policy changes. With every aspect of the new system being covered in only 250 pages, this is a highly informative but digestible and accessible book.

Practical guidance for new roles
While the main bulk of the book deals with each and every reform to the system, the last chapter is devoted to explaining what these changes mean in practice. It gives insight into how roles will change for developers, local authorities and lawyers, as well as for local communities. It also provides practical assistance by helping readers manage potential obstacles and ensuring they take full advantage of new opportunities.
Helpfully, the book also contains extensive cross-referencing to original source material, thus making it an invaluable aid to further legal, planning and political research.
Who should read this book?
The book aims to deliver a clear understanding of what the Government’s intentions really mean for planners, developers, consultants, lawyers, local authority officers, councillors and community activists. People with a political interest in this central part of the Government’s “Big Society” agenda will also find it a useful addition to their library.
About the authors

Simon Ricketts (@sricketts1) is SJ Berwin’s UK head of real estate and a partner in its planning and environment group. He is a former barrister with a wide contentious and non-contentious planning, compulsory purchase and local government law practice.
Duncan Field (@FieldDuncan) is a partner in the planning and regeneration team at Wragge & Co and a former barrister. He advises on all types of development projects dealing with related planning, environmental, compulsory purchase and infrastructure issues. He has extensive experience in city centre regeneration, transport infrastructure and judicial review litigation.
The foreword is provided by Hugh Bullock, senior partner at Gerald Eve LLP.
ISBN: 978 1 84766 945 2 Pub date: May-12 Format: Paperback Price: £75


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