A Lean Urbanism for England: Making Small Possible and Localism Real
Royal Assent for England’s Localism Act in 2012 created a suite of rights and tools at the neighbourhood and community scale in England, including the community right to challenge and to build, neighbourhood planning and neighbourhood development orders. Localism was meant to bring planning and development decisions closer to the people, and create a positive framework for growth around engaged communities setting guidelines which protect local character and identity. In the two years since, localism has become something of a sacred cow. All three parties embrace it, but all three are conflicted.