THE Localism Act is not a tool to help stave off new housing development, a council planning boss has said.
Andy Biltcliffe, planning policy manager at East Hampshire District Council, will be discussing the implications of the Localism Act at forthcoming community forum meetings in Horndean and Petersfield.
The Localism Act comes into force from April 1 and aims to offer local people the chance to have more say in how their community is developed.
But Mr Biltliffe, who is also on the planning team at Havant Borough Council, said it is not a way of stopping development.
Instead it is the mechanism to say where buildings go and what they might look like, he said.
He added: ‘If they are prepared to encourage development in return for a valuable facility then they could really achieve something for their community.’
The forums take place at Penns Place, Petersfield, on April 3 and at Horndean Technology College on April 10. Both start at 6.30pm.