Sustainble Communities Bill edges closer to becoming law

22nd June 2007
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The Sustainable Communities Bill - the landmark legislation tabled by MP Nick Hurd which promises to be an enabling act for local communities - has passed its third reading in the House of Commons.

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.

For more information, see Mark Anslow's article on the Bill, or log on to the LocalWorks' website.

This article first appeared in the Ecologist June 2007


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