The Planning system plays an important role in modern society by helping to protect the environment in our towns and cities and in the countryside. Planning regulations have to cover many different situations and are quite detailed.
The general planning principles and the procedures for making a planning application are described in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) booklet Planning Permission - A Guide to Business.
For a wide range of services and guidance on the planning system see the planning portal website.
Planning application forms are available to download on this website and the planning portal.
Parliament has given the main responsibility for planning to the Local Planning Authorities.
If you have any further queries about planning speak to the Duty Officer. You can contact the duty officer by phone on 01768 817817 or in person at Mansion House. Duty Officer hours are Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm.
If you wish to contact a specific officer see development control contact information.