Planning, building and the environment

Planning Policy Guidance (PPG) and Planning Policy Statements (PPS)

Planning Policy Guidance notes, and their replacements Planning Policy Statements, are prepared by the Government after public consultation to explain statutory provisions and provide guidance to local authorities and others on planning policy and the operation of the planning system.

They also explain the relationship between planning policies and other policies which have an important bearing on issues of development and land use.

Local authorities must take their contents into account in preparing plans. The guidance may also be relevant to decisions on individual planning applications and appeals.

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