Planning Portal

  1. Planning
  2. The Planning System

The Planning System

Planning control is the process of managing the development of land and buildings. The purposes of this process are to save what is best of our heritage and improve the infrastructure upon which we depend for a civilised existence.

Your local planning authority is responsible for deciding whether a development - anything from an extension on a house to a new shopping centre - should go ahead.

This guide outlines how the planning system works in England and how you can have a say on decisions which will shape your community. 


The plan-led system

Find out information on the plans and processes that underpin the planning system in England, including local development frameworks, planning permission and how you can have your say.

Local Plans

The local plan sets planning policies in a local authority area.

Planning Permission

Information on who decides whether a proposed development should take place and how you can comment on proposals that affect you.

Having Your Say

Personal involvement in planning requires access to information and a willingness to contribute an opinion, either as an individual or in a group.