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London Councils slow to back localism
Action needed to restore faith in local politics, Forum told
Councils in London are reluctant to give neighbourhood planning the support they are meant to under the Localism Act, Graham Pycock, Visiting lecturer, University of Westminster Business School, told CENF's annual meeting at UWL last month.
Mr Pycock , who is also Convenor, Neighbourhood Planners London. said that Localism was meant to allow communities to have more control over the scale, location and design of new developments in their areas. While there has been improvement on the often dubious "consultation" in the past by local councils, more engagement in local planning is still needed to restore trust in local politics.
Smaller community councils, which are likely to be political but non-partisan, may be a logical next step, he concluded.
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