Planning and development – guidance

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.

Introduction

The Department for Communities and Local Government regularly writes to chief planning officers of local planning authorities in England, providing guidance about various aspects of the planning system.

These letters are available to download below, grouped by year of publication.

2015

Letter about Green Belt protection and intentional unauthorised development (31 August 2015)

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Final pre-election chief planner newsletter

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Planning update newsletter (January 2015)

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2014

Letter about Budget 2014 and planning guidance review (28 March 2014)

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2013

Letter about compulsory pre-application consultation with local communities for onshore wind (6 December 2013)

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Letter about the Coastal Concordat for England (11 November 2013)

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Letter about forthcoming changes to planning fees (10 September 2013)

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Letter about the technical review of planning appeal procedures (3 September 2013)

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Letter about the government's programme of planning reform (9 August 2013)

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Letter about changes to the validation of planning applications (19 June 2013)

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Letter about permitted development rights for change of use from commercial to residential (24 January 2013)

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On 24 January 2013 the Chief Planner wrote to local planning authorities setting out their opportunity to request an exemption from the permitted development rights for change of use from B1(a) offices to C3 residential uses. All requests for exemptions were independently assessed against the criteria below and awarded a score out of 40. Published below are the names of the local authorities, the sites submitted for exemption and the scores achieved.

List of requested exemptions: category A sites

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List of requested exemptions: category B sites

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Scoring criteria

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2012

Letter about recent planning activities and changes to the Local Plan Regulation 2012 (21 December 2012)

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Letter about changes to financial support for neighbourhood planning (18 December 2012)

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Letter about changes to planning fees in England (14 November 2012)

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Letter about compulsory purchase and land disposal work (1 October 2012)

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Letter about compulsory purchase and land disposal work (25 September 2012)

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Letter about transfer of compulsory purchase orders and land disposal work to the National Planning Casework Unit (11 April 2012)

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Letter about sensitive information in planning applications (4 April 2012)

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Letter about the National Planning Casework Unit (10 February 2012)

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Letter about the Local Authorities (Contracting Out of Community Infrastructure Levy Functions) Order 2011 (26 January 2012)

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2011

Letter about the Town and Country Planning Order 2011 and the Town and Country Planning Regulations 2011 (15 September 2011)

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Letter about policy statement on planning for schools development (15 August 2011)

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Letter about update to Planning Policy Statement 10 (30 March 2011)

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Letter about the EU Waste Framework Directive (10 January 2011)

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2010

Letter about transfer of Government Office for London's National Unit for Land Acquisitions and Disposals to the Department for Communities and Local Government (12 October 2010)

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Letter about changes to the planning application process in England (16 March 2010)

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Letter about The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2010 (26 February 2010)

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2009

Letter about national policy statements (9 September 2009)

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Letter about local authorities' role in new consenting process for nationally significant infrastructure projects (16 July 2009)

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Letter about national and regional guidelines for aggregates provision in England 2005 to 2020 (29 June 2009)

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Letter about large-scale landscaping development using waste (20 January 2009)

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2004

Letter about the sale of agricultural land into small plots (19 April 2004)

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2003

Letter about the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: further transitional advice for development plans (13 June 2003)

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Letter about national and regional guidelines for aggregates provision in England 2001 to 2016 (10 June 2003)

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1997

Letter about compulsory purchase: rates of interest after entry (12 March 1997)

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Updated compulsory purchase rates of interest table up to 30 June 2015: accompanying letter from 12 March 1997

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Archived letters

These letters have been archived and replaced by the new planning practice guidance launched 6 March 2014 on an external website.

Letter about the Housing Design Awards (25 January 2012)

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Letter about new planning provisions coming into force on 6 April 2012 (4 April 2012)

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Letter about the National Planning Policy Framework (27 March 2012)

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Letter about the written ministerial statement on measure to simplify planning (3 July 2012)

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Letter about guidance on control of outdoor adverts and signs (16 August 2011)

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Letter about planning control over demolition (31 March 2011)

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Letter about marine planning and licensing systems (21 March 2011)

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Letter about preparation and monitoring of local plans (30 March 2011)

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Letter about permitted development rights for households for micro wind turbines and air source heat pumps (5 December 2011)

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Letter about design and planning (20 May 2011)

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Letter about liberalising the regime for flying flags (8 October 2012)

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Letter about extending planning permissions and the positive and proactive statement in decision notices (18 September 2012)

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Letter about planning for growth (31 March 2011)

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Letter about planning support for businesses and shops (12 August 2011)

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Letter about relaxation of planning rules for change of use from commercial to residential (8 April 2011)

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Letter about the planning guarantee and information requirements (29 July 2011)

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Letter about the abolition of regional strategies (10 November 2010)

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Letter about the abolition of regional strategies (6 July 2010)

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Letter about the abolition of regional strategies (27 May 2010)

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Letter about publication of revised circulars on houses in multiple occupation and Article 4 directions (4 November 2010)

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Letter about The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) Order 2010 (9 September 2010)

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Letter about amendments to the planning rules for houses in multiple occupation (7 September 2010)

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Letter about transfer of Government Office for London's planning casework to the Department for Communities and Local Government (12 October 2010)

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Letter about sensitive information in planning applications (24 August 2009)

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Letter about environmental impact assessments: implications of recent judgments (18 November 2009)

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Letter about New Town and Country Planning (Consultation) (England) Direction 2009 and cancellation of obsolete planning documents (30 March 2009)

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Letter about the duration of planning permissions (30 April 2009)

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Letter about extensions to the time limits for implementing existing planning permissions (22 September 2009)

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Letter about arrangements for handling heritage applications (13 November 2009)

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Letter about UK climate projections (18 June 2009)

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Letter about polytunnels (25 July 2007)

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Letter about sensitive information in applications for planning permission and listed building consent (24 May 2007)

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Letter about when to consult the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment about planning applications (06 December 2006)

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Letter about planning circular 11/95: imposing negative planning conditions (25 November 2002)

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