The planning system in the UK manages the use and development of land and buildings. The aim of the system is to create better places for people to live, work and play in. It is how we as a society strike a balance between allowing development of land and buildings to support economic development, and provide the things we need (like homes, jobs, shops and transport), and improving and conserving public spaces, heritage, amenities and the environment, and help to tackle climate change.

The planning system has two main parts to it:

Please refer to the specific pages with regard to Do I Need Planning Permission and Pre-Application Advice, we cannot give this advice by phone, both services are provided by the Council but require a form, information and fee to be paid, please see individual pages for further information

Related information 

External websites

Planning Portal

The government planning website

Planning portal website