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House of Commons - Written Answers 26 October 2010

Parish Councils

Julian Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward proposals to encourage district councils to take into account the views of parish councils and parish meetings in making decisions at a local level. [18933]

Robert Neill: The Government are committed to a localism agenda where decisions are taken at the most appropriate local level, and expect all tiers of local government to work together constructively for the benefit of local communities. We expect our localism policies, such as our commitment to reform the planning system to give neighbourhoods far more ability to determine the shape of the places in which their inhabitants live, will provide real opportunities for an increased role for parish councils and parish meetings. Our forthcoming Localism Bill will make provision for such measures.

 

 

House of Commons Written Answers 22 October 2010

 

Parish Councils

Julian Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department has issued on the conduct of its review of parish boundaries. [18934]

Robert Neill: The Department has published Guidance on Community Governance Reviews jointly with the Local Government Boundary Commission for England to assist principal councils when undertaking parish boundary reviews. The guidance can be seen at:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/localgovernment/guidancecommunitygovernance2010#