A new practitioners' guide to growth and localism (Growth and Localism) is launched today (22nd September 2011). The report is the product of a unique collaboration by leading individuals in local government, the housing and development industry and community sector, and designed to help deliver more homes and more jobs.
Entitled 'Working together. Delivering growth through localism', this is the first comprehensive guide to the new policy landscape. It brings together in one place the full range of initiatives and ideas created by Localism and the Government's Plan for Growth with other wide-ranging reforms, and gives practitioners a way to understand and deliver these agendas.
'Working together' also offers ten recommendations to Government. These include:
The report suggests that the new policy framework sets a revolutionary agenda for councils, business and communities. It recognises the challenges and concerns, while offering a way for practitioners to navigate this new environment and practical examples of success from around the UK. It comprehensively covers:
Sarah Whitney, one of the contributors and executive director at CB Richard Ellis, said: "Localism and growth are emotive issues that have been brought to the fore recently by the debate around the National Planning Policy Framework. What is clear is that fundamentally growth and localism can only de delivered through a constructive working relationship between public, private and voluntary sectors. Working together towards a common goal is the key to success and it is up to all of us to find a way to make this happen."
Councillor Jonathan Glanz, Cabinet Member for Housing and Property at Westminster City Council said: "Local authorities control many of the levers of growth but for too long the incentives for councils and residents have been too heavily weighted against appropriate sustainable development. This report proposes some compelling suggestions for how to accelerate economic growth in the new localist landscape."
Sir Bob Kerslake, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government, said: "This book is a welcome contribution to the work that is now going on to achieve the effective implementation of localism. The Department will look very closely at the conclusions and recommendations."
Commenting on the report, Sir Bob Kerslake, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government, said: "This book is a welcome contribution to the work that is now going on to achieve the effective implementation of localism. The Department will look very closely at the conclusions and recommendations."