Localism and the Duty to Cooperate

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Localism and the Duty to Cooperate: working together to deliver sufficient housing in the right locations
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Localism and the Duty to Cooperate: working together to deliver sufficient housing in the right locations SIMON PRESCOTT Partner Barton Willmore

My Perspective:

My Perspective Many hats… Partner, Barton Willmore Chair, the LEP’s Construction & Development Group Board Member, Bristol Chamber of Commerce Forum member, Redcliffe Neighbourhood Plan But these are only my own thoughts.

Localism in the West of England:

Localism in the West of England Overview: Local example of Neighbourhood Planning Locally identified funding priorities to assist delivery Locally driven improvements to planning application processes Local delivery of strategic sites Locally assessed housing need Local business led vision for the City Localism’s need for a Strategic Plan

Neighbourhood Planning:

Neighbourhood Planning Redcliffe – a positive example gaining momentum towards delivery A new Forum Prince’s Foundation workshop DC/CABE’s expert assistance Linking Temple Meads/EZ and Queens Square Our new Mayor’s support and encouragement Testing new means of delivery

Local Funding Priorities:

Local Funding Priorities Business led LEP – securing government support £60m plus funding allocation Revolving Infrastructure Fund Support for Enterprise Zone, Enterprise Areas and others Public and private sector working together Lets ask for more!

Planning Application Processes:

Planning Application Processes The number one perceived barrier to growth! LEP’s Planning Toolkit Member-Developer Summit Early Member Engagement Big steps forward… still further to go

Local Delivery of Strategic Sites:

Local Delivery of Strategic Sites SW Taunton Allocation for 2,000 homes Early planning application Community Building

Locally Assessed Housing Need:

Locally Assessed Housing Need The weak link!  We need to aim higher! A reaction to the specific sites in the RSS and raised expectations of “localism” Restrictive Core Strategies prepared before the Duty to Co-operate

Locally Assessed Housing Need:

Locally Assessed Housing Need Housing shortages put a brake on economic growth Lowering the housing requirement directly restricts delivery

Locally Assessed Housing Need:

Locally Assessed Housing Need The need for an early review of Core Strategies The Duty to Co-operate include an assessment the level of development required to realise economic growth potential Regard needs to be had to the work of the LEP Lord Heseltine’s recommendations and funds for Strategic Plans a good starting point We already have an aspirational business led vision for the area

Localism and Co-operation - some lessons?:

Localism and Co-operation - some lessons? We have some good examples: Neighbourhood planning that is focused on delivery Public and Private Sector working closer together within the LEP Use of infrastructure funds to facilitate development And some room for further work: Reduced housing targets are restricting delivery Localism must still address strategic issues All of us must advocate the benefits of economic and physical growth

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