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Localism in South Gloucestershire

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The Localism Act takes power from central government and hands it back to local authorities and communities, giving them the freedom and flexibility to achieve their own ambitions.

The Localism Act 2011 is designed to give local communities greater ability to shape what happens locally. It allows them to take control of delivering local services and influence local planning if they want.

South Gloucestershire has a long history of actively involving local communities in shaping the areas in which they live. It wants to build on these good practices and working relationships that already exist to deliver its approach to localism.

The Government has published a plain English guide to the Localism Act which summarises the main measures under four headings:

  • new freedoms and flexibilities for local government
  • new rights and powers for communities and individuals
  • reform to make the planning system more democratic and more effective
  • reform to ensure that decisions about housing are taken locally

Different parts of the Act will come into effect at different times. The implications of some of the key measures will not be clear until the Secretary of State has introduced regulations and guidance and we have developed our policies and procedures based on consultation with local people and groups.

Together with our partners we have produced a Localism Framework which sets out South Gloucestershire’s vision for localism, the key principles that will underpin delivery and immediate actions that need to be taken. 


Community right to bid

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Community right to challenge

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Have your say and get involved

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Localism framework and action plan

See how the localism agenda and an action plan are being developed that will help make localism a re ...

Localism news

Information updates on localism in South Gloucestershire

Neighbourhood planning

The Localism Act 2011 introduced important changes to the planning system that give people new right ...

Sustainable Communities Act

The Sustainable Communities Act SCA is intended to help councils and local people manage community i ...

Sustainable Community Strategy

South Gloucestershire 2026: A great place to live and work has been developed under the guardianship ...

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