HBF has published a short summary of the Government’s Local Growth White Paper published 28 October 2010.
The White Paper confirms many of the previous announcements by the coalition to reform the planning system and replace the regional development agencies with Local Enterprise Partnerships. The Paper announces the setting up of 24 such Partnerships with the potential for more to follow. Although there is little of great detail in the White Paper the many references to the importance of housing and planning to economic growth are welcome. Much of the further detail of the planning reforms will be in the draft Localism Bill, due to be published before the end of November.