Understanding Localism - 21 February 2012


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About the seminar

Localism is now an Act of Parliament. Following HTF's successful seminars last year, this half day seminar hosted by Bircham Dyson Bell will revisit the agenda, its main provisions and how communities in our towns and cities can use the opportunities in the Act to best advantage. This is of vital importance to historic towns, cities and cores.

The Act instigates more change to the planning system, with proposals to give local authorities and local people much more power to shape their own communities. But how are these ideas working in practice? Are local people using them to embrace or resist growth?



Bircham Dyson Bell, 50 Broadway, London SW1H 0BL

Who should attend?

Local Authority elected members and officers from all disciplines; community leaders and representatives of community groups, civic and amenity societies; professionals concerned with all aspects of planning, conservation, tourism, traffic management, urban design and economic development.


09.00 Registration/coffee  
09.30 Welcome and Introduction Noël James, HTF Director
Session 1: The Localism Act – update – from Bill to Act of Parliament
09.35 Localism – where we are now Michael Bingham, Deputy Head of Division, Department of Communities and Local Government
09.50 The Localism Bill – the Public Affairs perspective Public Affairs Consultant, Bircham Dyson Bell
10.05 How heritage bodies helped to influence the Bill Henry Russell, Parliamentary Liaison Team, the Heritage Alliance
10.20 Q&A  
10.45 Coffee break  
Session 2: The realities of the Act and how they may affect you
11.15 What this now means for Neighbourhood Planning Mark Challis, Partner, Bircham Dyson Bell
11.45 What this now means for Community Engagement John Qualtrough, Partner, Bircham Dyson Bell
12.15 Neighbourhood Planning and Community Engagement on the ground

Andy Perkin, Development Officer, Locality (tbc)

12.45 Q&A  
13.15 Buffet Lunch and Networking  
14.15 Ends  

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Delegate 1 £99 £119
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Delegate 2
(from same organisation)
£79 £99
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