Sunday, October 20, 2013

What a great piece of legislation is the Localism Act

The Sunday Politics earlier today included a very interesting interview with Eric Pickles, which encompassed a (far too short) discussion of the Localism Act:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03cz8p4

The Localism Act includes a little-known provision which allows communities (usually a petition of on thousand people) to declare a building an asset of community value which allows the community to control what happens to that building or even to compulsory purchase the structure.

So far (and disgracefully) redundant churches are not included under the Act, but local pubs are.

I understand that the wonderful Baring Hall Hotel in Lewisham has received such designation.

What a great piece of legislation is the Localism Act - worth more as a legacy than any amount of foreign wars.

More on the Baring Hall Hotel:  http://afroml.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/grove-park-in-south-london.html

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