The Localism Act (2011) enabled community groups to take an enhanced part in local planning and produce a Neighbourhood Plan for their area.


In 2014, English Heritage (now Historic England) published a guide to Neighbourhood Planning and the Historic Environment.

The Localism Act (2011) outlined powers of defining and transferring management of heritage assets to the community. This is very much at the heart of the Florence Convention. Download the Historic England publication, Pillars-of-the-Community.pdf

Historic England has also published three Planning notes giving Good Practice Advice (GPA):

GPA1 - Local Plan Making

GPA2 - Managing Significance in Decision-Taking in the Historic Environment

GPA3 - Setting and Views

The Localism Act (2011) and the NPPF emphasised the importance of Sustainability, a central concept of the Florence Convention. Sustainability is defined in the Planning Guidance notes.