Wednesday, 30 May 2018 at 5:30PM
RIBA, 21 Mann Island, Liverpool L3, UK
The 2011 Localism Act introduced a package of reforms that were claimed to empower communities through policies such as Neighbourhood Planning, community-led development and asset transfer. It seems likely that these approaches will remain a part of the English planning system for some time, with the Labour party at a national level committed to maintaining, if not increasing, the role played by communities in planning. However, there are concerns that much of the activity is concentrated in less deprived places. There are also legitimate questions about the relationship between community-led activity and the efforts of local authorities, with their strong history of delivery and representative democracy. To investigate in more depth the opportunities and challenges inherent to the policies promoted by the 2011 Localism Act, the University of Liverpool and Planning Aid England in the North West are together organising a seminar to bring together different perspectives on communities, planning and development.