The House of Commons and the House of Lords have agreed on the wording and provisions in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill, which has now received Royal Assent.
The bill became law on 27 April 2017.
The Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 contains new powers for the government to direct two or more local authorities to develop joint plans. County councils will also have the power to prepare plans where districts do not have one.
It also includes restrictions on powers to impose planning conditions, including on local authority use of pre-commencement conditions, which now require written consent from the developer to be enforced.
On Friday 28 April, Parliament approved the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) (No2) Order 2017, which will see permitted development rights that allow demolition of buildings used as class A4 “drinking establishments” will cease from 23 May 2017.
The regulations meet a requirement in section 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 that a development order incorporating pub protection measures in the act be brought forward as “soon as reasonably practicable”.
3 May 2017
Laura Edgar, The Planner
It is unfortunately too late to save the KING CANUTE but a Neighbourhood Plan if taken up could prevent other public houses on Canvey Island becoming blocks of flats.