The government has simplified the planning system so councils have the freedom to make decisions in the best interests of their area. Councils and communities should be central to a system that achieves socially, environmentally and economically sustainable development.

Policies 5

  1. Making the planning system work more efficiently and effectively

    We're simplifying the planning process to make it quicker and easier to build new homes, to develop new places and redevelop neglected land.

  2. Giving communities more power in planning local development

    Giving local people and councils more say about development through neighbourhood planning, Local Plans and the community infrastructure levy.

  3. Improving the energy efficiency of buildings and using planning to protect the environment

    We need to reduce carbon emissions from buildings and make sure that planning policies help to protect and improve the environment.

  4. Providing effective building regulations so that new and altered buildings are safe, accessible and efficient

    Ensuring that building regulations are fair, efficient, up to date, safe and effective.

  5. Protecting, conserving and providing access to the historic environment in England

    What we're doing to make sure we continue to have access to our historic places.

Detailed guides

  1. Public Request to Order Disposal: land owner's cover letter and questionnaire

    This letter and questionnaire is sent to land owners once a Public Request to Order Disposal request has been received. Read more

  2. Building regulations: appeals

    Guidance about meeting the building regulations, given by decisions on appeals against refusals by local authorities to relax or dispense with one or more requirements of the regulations. Read more

  3. Party Wall etc Act 1996: guidance

    Guidance for carrying out building work under the Party Wall etc Act 1996, or what to do if your neighbour tells you they're about to carry out work. Read more

  4. Third party certification schemes for domestic electrical work

    Find out how you can join a third party certification scheme for domestic electrical work. Read more

  5. Planning guidance: letters to chief planning officers

    Guidance on various aspects of the planning system, given in letters to chief planning officers of local planning authorities. Read more

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