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England's planning system is designed to ensure that future development is always in the public interest.

Every local planning authority must create a Local Plan to guide the future development of their area. Future planning decisions must then be made in accordance with that plan. Consultation with neighbourhood organisations and business is a key part of creating Local Plans and making sure that they reflect the future needs of the whole community. Engaging in that consultation process is the best way to help shape the future development of your area.

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