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The government has simplified the planning system so councils have the freedom to make decisions in the best interests of their area. Councils and communities should be central to a system that achieves socially, environmentally and economically sustainable development.

Policies 5

  1. Making the planning system work more efficiently and effectively

    We're simplifying the planning process to make it quicker and easier to build new homes, to develop new places and redevelop neglected land.

  2. Giving communities more power in planning local development

    Giving local people and councils more say about development through neighbourhood planning, Local Plans and the community infrastructure levy.

  3. Improving the energy efficiency of buildings and using planning to protect the environment

    We need to reduce carbon emissions from buildings and make sure that planning policies help to protect and improve the environment.

  4. Protecting, conserving and providing access to the historic environment in England

    What we're doing to make sure we continue to have access to our historic places.

  5. Providing effective building regulations so that new and altered buildings are safe, accessible and efficient

    Ensuring that building regulations are fair, efficient, up to date, safe and effective.

Detailed guides

  1. A householder's planning guide for the installation of antennas (including satellite dishes)

    This guide outlines the planning regulations for installing antennas in England, and includes the government's statement of good practice. Read more

  2. Planning permission: a guide for business

    This booklet is a guide to the planning system for businesses in England. Read more

  3. Public Request to Order Disposal: request form

    This form helps people to exercise their rights under the Community Right to Reclaim Land to bring disused property back into beneficial use Read more

  4. Public Request to Order Disposal: land owner's cover letter and questionnaire

    This letter and questionnaire is sent to land owners once a Public Request to Order Disposal request has been received. Read more

  5. Building regulations: determinations

    Guidance about meeting the building regulations, given by decisions on disputes made by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Read more

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