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Localism and the rise of social media is creating a “perfect storm” for developers, according to planning and development expert Alex Willis, from BNP Paribas Real Estate in Sheffield.

Mr Willis says the Government’s Localism Act, which came into force at the end of last year, is already having an impact on landowners, developers and local communities.

He believes that community consultation will have to be more sophisticated as a result of the Act and local planning authorities will, in future, expect most, if not all, planning issues to have been resolved before an application is submitted.

“Major applications will need to be supported by direct communication using both traditional and online media along with public exhibitions and conferences, press briefings and meetings with politicians,” says Mr Willis.

“The growth of social media and its impact on businesses and communities is of major importance to the process.”

n Chesterfield accountancy practice DCCA Accountants has been awarded the ACCA Quality Checked accreditation by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants at its first attempt.

ACCA executive director Peter Large said: “The standards we set are high and it is a major achievement for DCCA Accountants to secure this award which reflects well on the calibre of staff and the services it offers.”