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.
We're simplifying the planning process to make it quicker and easier to build new homes, to develop new places and redevelop neglected land.
Ensuring that building regulations are fair, efficient, up to date, safe and effective.
Giving local people and councils more say about development through neighbourhood planning, Local Plans and the community infrastructure levy.
We need to reduce carbon emissions from buildings and make sure that planning policies help to protect and improve the environment.
What we're doing to make sure we continue to have access to our historic places.