The planning system plays an important role in our lives. Effective land use is vital for the well being of the country. Planning is about delivering what people want: jobs, homes, lively city centres, better transport, and sensitive care for our historic buildings and the countryside.
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We advise and act for government ministers on important planning issues
affecting the region. We are also a communication channel for regional
stakeholders and the public on planning issues that may affect regional or
national concerns. This includes a promotional role with local authorities
and other stakeholders to deliver a cultural change in planning towards a
new proactive, positive planning system to deliver the sustainable
GOEM also works with regional partners to develop Regional Spatial
Strategies (RSS). The current RSS for the region is the East
Midlands Regional Plan which was published by the Secretary of State
in March 2009. This can be found on the Regional Assembly website
If you have any queries about the planning system generally, the first
point of contact should be staff in your local planning authority. However,
if you wish to contact us our details are at the foot of this page. You can
also contact the following:
- Planning Aid: A voluntary service offering free, independent and
professional advice on town planning matters to community groups and
individuals who cannot afford to employ a planning consultant. Contact
details are at the bottom of this page.
- A qualified planning agent or consultant for professional advice
- Your local elected councillor or Member of Parliament - A list of
regional MPs and MEPs can be found under the 'Our Region' heading, located
on the front page (final topic heading on the left-hand side).
- The Local Government Ombudsman if you feel that the local council has
made a mistake in its decision-making process
For local authorities assistance is available from the Planning Advisory
Service which was launched in 2004 by the Deputy Prime Minister and aims to
give planners help in proving faster, fairer, more efficient and better
quality services. For further information please contact the Improvement
and Development Agency.