On Friday 15th June, the Bill was approved by the Commons, and now faces only a House of Lords debate before becoming law.
The organisation behind the Bill, Local Works, sent out a message of thanks to all its supporters who have fought a five year campaign to get the bill this far.
'We do hope that all the campaign forum members will be able to play a key role in promoting the Bill at a local level,' the charity urged.
The Sustainable Communities Bill offers local people the opportunity to change legislation and regulations at a local level, tabling amendments to planning laws or business rates, or incentivising public transport or green technologies.
This article first appeared in the Ecologist June 2007