Put Simply the Localism Act 2011 (c. 20) is an Act of Parliament that changes the powers of local government in England. The aim of the act is to facilitate the devolution of decision-making powers from central government control to individuals and communities.
To enable this to happen a ‘NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN’ has to be developed and signed off by following a set of procedures outlined within the act. Once approved the Plan has to be considered and taken into account by all decision makers. This is not just Planning applications but any decision made that reflects on items approved in the Plan. It is funded by Government Grants at no cost to the residents of the Parish.