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.

Detailed guides

  1. Coal mining title deed covenants and legal requirements

    How to deal with covenants and legal requirements contained in title deeds which refer to the Coal Authority and its predecessors. Read more

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Landscape and seascape character assessments

    How to carry out and use landscape and seascape character assessments. Read more

  5. Doorstep and Millennium Greens: making changes

    How to consult Natural England when proposing changes to your green. Read more