Monthly Archives: November 2011

Kirkwells in Top 100

    Kirkwells Town Planning has made it in to the Top 100 Planning Consultants in the UK. So says the latest Survey of Planning Consultants undertaken by Planning magazine. Kirkwells made 85th spot. To see the full list click here. Michael Wellock, Director said: “This is great news. To be recognised in your own field is always great. This is down to all the hard work the Directors and staff have put in. And, most importantly, our customers.”    

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Understanding the Localism Act

Well we have waited some time for this but now we finally have it. And the 497 pages of the Localism Act are going to take some digesting. In the coming days we hope to be able to help you with some of this by looking at key sections of the Bill. Looking at their implications, the changes, and how they could affect you.  

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Localism Act: Power Shift from Whitehall to Communities

The Localism Bill has become law. The Localism Act will trigger the biggest transfer of power in a generation, releasing councils and communities from the grip of central government. The Localism Act puts a number of new rights and powers at the disposal of local councils and people to take charge of their future. Some of the key changes for local councils include: Clarifying the rules on predetermination in order to free up councillors to express their opinions on issues of local importance without the fear of legal challenge Introducing new planning enforcement rules, giving councils the ability to take action against people who deliberately conceal unauthorised development Increasing powers for councils to remove illegal advertisements and graffiti and prevent … Continue reading

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