The planning system has been put in place to manage the development of land and buildings in the interests of the public and the economy. It plays a role in clarifying what, where and when development is needed.
Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) are responsible for deciding whether a development can go ahead. They are responsible for preserving heritage and improving on the infrastructure that allows for good civilised living.
Other key decision makers include:
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
The Planning Inspectorate
The planning officer is often the most visible face of the planning system, and is seen as the go-between who maintains a balance between those seeking to undertake development and the public interest.
The Planning Portal and Planning Practice Guidance websites house a vast amount of information related to planning legislation, building regulations, and general advice on planning requirements for proposed developments…