How SSDC will work with the Localism Act

SSDC recognised the potential of working alongside its communities nearly 20 years ago, through the establishment of the SSDC Area Working system. This means the council is well placed to adapt and respond to the new requirements of the Localism Act.

The Localism Act includes four main areas: -

  • New freedom and flexibilities for local government
  • New rights and powers for the community
  • Reform of the planning system to make it clearer, more democratic and effective
  • Reform of housing, with decisions taken more locally

Full details of the Localism Act and detailed guidance is available on the Department of Communities and Local Government website.

Read a Plain English guide to the Localism Act on this link:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/localgovernment/localismplainenglishupdate

For further information on the new Community Rights go to http://mycommunityrights.org.uk/

SSDC and the Localism Act

SSDC recognised the potential of working alongside its communities nearly 20 years ago, through the establishment of the SSDC Area Working system, which means this council is well placed to adapt and respond to the new legislative requirements. Follow this link to find out more about Area Working in South Somerset.

As a result of the Localism Act local councils may need to prepare new policies or revise existing ways of working. There are new obligations for local councils, some of which will take time to implement, but some will start to operate from April 2012.

New Community Rights

We have published information on the main new community rights (see below).

If you have an enquiry about the Localism Act please email communities@southsomerset.gov.uk  or contact your local Area Development team.

Follow these links for further details on how SSDC will work with the Localism Act.

SSDC and Neighbourhood Plans

SSDC and the Community Right to Bid

SSDC and the Community Right to Challenge