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Planning Useful Links Directory

This section provides links to other useful planning related sites.

Planning Portal

The Planning Portal (external link) is the UK Government's online planning and building regulations resource for England and Wales. Use this site to learn about planning and building regulations, apply for planning permission, find out about development near you, appeal against a decision and research government policy.

Planning Advisory Service

The Planning Advisory Service (PAS) (external link) aims to facilitate self-sustaining change and improvement in the local authority planning sector. PAS helps councils provide faster, fairer, more efficient and better quality services.

Planning Officer's Society

The Planning Officer's Society (external link) aims to ensure that planning makes a major contribution to achieving sustainable developments, from national to local level, in ways, which are fair and equitable and achieve the social economic and environmental aspirations of all sectors of the community.

Planning Inspectorate

The Planning Inspectorate's (external link) main work is the processing of planning and enforcement appeals and holding inquiries into local development plans. They also deal with a wide variety of other planning related casework including listed building consent appeals, advertisement appeals, and reporting on planning applications.

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) (external link) members offers advice on a diverse range of land, property, construction and related environmental issues. As part of their role they help to set, maintain and regulate standards - as well as providing impartial advice to Governments and policymakers.

Royal Town Planning Institute

The Royal Town and Planning Institute's (RTPI) (external link) work involves promoting good planning; developing and shaping policy affecting the built environment, consistently raising the standards of the planning profession, supporting their membership through continued professional development and education and training for future planners.

Town and Country Planning Association

The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) (external link) campaigns for the reform of the UK's planning system to make it more responsive to people's needs and aspirations and to promote sustainable development.

Planning Aid

Planning Aid (external link) provides free, independent and professional town planning advice and support to communities and individuals who cannot afford to pay planning consultant fees. It complements the work of local planning authorities, but is wholly independent of them.

ATLAS Guide: Planning for Large Scale Development

The Advisory Team for Large Applications (ATLAS) (external link) provides an independent and impartial advisory service to Local Planning Authorities and their partners in relation to the delivery of large scale housing and mixed use development projects through the planning system. The service is funded by Communities and Local Government and part of the Planning Advisory Service.

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