Greg Clark the new Head Man at the DCLG writes of Localism in the Telegraph.
He appears to be injecting a dynamic that was not apparent during Eric Pickles tenure. Whether his enthusiasm can penetrate the local preference for the status quo, we may soon learn.
“Why we want to hand power to local people
For Britain to achieve its potential, every part of the country must contribute to its success
urban concentrations around the world are becoming more important than ever for job creation. But our smaller towns and our counties, too, have an essential part to play in our economic success – as places where jobs can be created, businesses nurtured, skills acquired and homes built.
There are some searching questions we need to ask. Is a city good for business or does it put obstacles in the way of them? Does an area have a transport system that makes it easy for people to live and work, or one in which getting around is a misery? Does a county offer a workforce with the skills that employers are looking for, or is there a drought of the relevant skills? Does a town have a wide choice of good housing or is it hard to find a decent place to live? Is there a vibrant cultural life that attracts people, or a dearth of attractions that causes people to go elsewhere?
The answers to these questions will determine whether a place is likely to prosper or decline”
Readers of this Blog will be aware that Canvey Island has, since the formation of Castle Point Borough Council, been the focus of housing and population growth in the Borough.
On paper, at least, this will not allowed to continue, however what happens in practise may be another matter!
The new Leadership at CPBC, on the back of an election mandate, have issued an intent to drive forward a Local Plan, apparently regardless.
We will of course have to wait for the first signs of what this may mean through the Local Plan 5 year housing supply allocation required to protect at the Glebelands and Jotmans Appeaal inquiries.
Canvey’s fate of course, is reliant on council members in the northern part of the Borough, despite Canvey being the largest most populated and urbaanised Town.
Whether these same councillors will be as eager to adopt, Greg Clark’s vision for local areas, and deliver a regenerative new Local Plan, may rest with how secure they feel with no election on the horizon.