Getting involved in the creation of local and neighbourhood plans is the best way to shape your local area and ensure that future development meets the needs of your community. This section contains descriptions of the main documents that govern development in your area, and our guides on how you can influence their creation.
Local Plans set out the big decisions on planning for the future of your community and land. They outline the long-term strategy for each planning authority.
From appropriately repairing a listed building to the creation of new industrial areas, planning decisions can impact whole communities. Planning decisions are made by local planning authorities, and are shaped by national guidance, European law and local plans and policies
These pages will help you understand how the planning system functions and the important role you and your community can play in shaping the future of your town, city, village or neighbourhood.
Once a planning decision has been made only the applicant can appeal against that decision. Appeals of refusals of planning permission are heard and decided by a Planning Inspector. There is no third party right of appeal for other people who disagree with the local council’s decision.
Anyone can challenge a planning decision in the courts, however, if they have evidence that the planning decision was not made following the proper procedures. Legal challenges cannot take into account whether the decision was right or not in planning terms, only whether regulations and conventions about making decisions were properly followed. Challenging a planning decision in the courts is a difficult and costly process, and should not be undertaken without specialist legal advice.
The planning system protects the environment, helps meet the needs of the local community, and supports the economy. It does this by ensuring that new developments are appropriate. Where planning controls are not enforced, detrimental development can occur.
Local councils depend on members of the public to be their 'eyes and ears' on breaches of planning control. They may not know about problems unless you tell them. If you are concerned that a new development doesn't have planning permission, or is in breach of its planning conditions, the information here will help you contact your council.
Whatever you care about, it is almost certain that there are other people who feel the same way. Working together with like-minded people is the best way to have a voice on issues that affect your lives. Whether you want to save your local park or change national planning legislation, community action can be the best way to achieve your aims.
We have put together a range of resources to help you plan an effective campaign, communicate your message and gather people to your cause.
The town and country planning system shapes new building all over the country. It can protect the countryside from sprawl, and it gives everyone a chance to have their say.
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