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The Policy section provides access to the chief planning legislation produced by the government as well as other planning related documents, reports and statistics.

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Planning Reform

The government is committed to an ambitious planning reform agenda.

The reform programme includes the 'Planning for a Sustainable Future: White Paper', the 'Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act', changes to secondary legislation, reviews of planning policy guidance and a change in culture for the whole of the planning system.


Planning policy, legislation and guidance

If you want to refer to the legal or central government policy background to the present system of town and country planning in England:


Building Regulations

Legislation and technical documents for Building regulations are available in a seperate section of the site: