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Further to the announcement by Robert Jenrick, MP, regarding the end to powers to hold remote meetings, a Government consultation seeking views on the use of the current arrangements which have allowed local authorities to hold meetings remotely or in a hybrid format has been opened.
A new pattern of wards is being developed for Stratford-on-Avon District Council by the Local Government Boundary Commission, the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Stratford-on-Avon District Council to make sure councillors represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements help the council work effectively.
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has advised the government to keep communities at the heart of planning in its response to the latter’s Planning For The Future White Paper consultation.
NALC does agree with the government that the planning system could be improved and should have more emphasis on building design. However, it thinks that the current proposals would result in a democratic deficit in planning and would not tackle the key issue (housing supply), leading to a slow down in the delivery of more housing. NALC also thinks that Local Plans will need much more than the suggested 30 months to put together.