The Localism Bill has fully passed through Parliament and could receive Royal Assent as early as next week, paving the way for the abolition of the Infrastructure Planning Commission.
The bill completed its passage through Parliament on Monday when the House of Commons voted to accept all the amendments made to the Bill during its passage through the House of Lords. Gaining Royal Assent is now the final stage in the bill becoming law.
Legal firm Pinsent Masons said expert evidence suggested the bill could receive Royal Assent and become the Localism Act in as little as a week’s time. The next session for signing of bills is on Tuesday 15 November.
However, the controversial Bill has been criticised by experts who say that planning decisions could be based on outdated strategies if councils have not created their local plans by the time the Bill is enacted.