Localism Bill update and possible timescale
The Localism Bill has completed its passage through Parliament after MPs voted to accept
all the amendments made by peers in the House of Lords. No further amendments were made to the bill.
The planning press reports:
'During the report stage of the bill in the House of Lords the government tabled a new amendment to the bill
intended to ease fears that a controversial clause could undermine the long-held principle that planning permission
cannot be "bought".
Other changes to the bill during its passage through the Lords included an amendment requiring business-led
forums to take account of an area's social, economic and environmental wellbeing and the removal of a flagship
provision that would have allowed voters to trigger non-binding referendums on any subject.
Experts believe that the bill could now receive Royal Assent - and become the Localism Act - as soon as next