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Localism framework and action plan

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.

Localism agenda and action plan

The main thrust behind the localism agenda is to:

  • provide opportunities for communities to influence decision-making
  • support place-shaping
  • deliver services that reflect local circumstances

The general approach to localism and delivery of the action plan will be subject to the Council’s monitoring and reporting arrangements. Relevant committees will be involved as guidance or policies are developed or when reviews are undertaken.

As guidance, polices and procedures are agreed, they will be published here online. We will also signpost to useful information that will support the implementation of localism.

Best practice and lessons learnt both nationally and locally will guide the development of initiatives as the localism agenda is taken forward.

To see how localism affects StreetCare services (Core highway and street scene services) visit this page.

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