Brandon Lewis welcomes victory for localism

Following the news that Great Yarmouth Borough Council has rejected an application from William Hill to open a bookmakers at 19 Market Place, I want to offer some praise to the Localism Act 2011, which was instrumental in giving the power for such decisions to local authorities, rather than being held in Whitehall.

One of the first pieces of legislation introduced by the Coalition Government was the Localism Act 2011, which gave local authorities across the UK an unprecedented amount of power over decisions such as these. Only local authorities, working in conjunction with local people, have a real knowledge of the needs of their area. Under the last Labour government, local people were ignored time and time again – the Localism Act means that if the area does not want a certain business or development, it need not necessarily happen.