Planning control is the process of managing the development of land and buildings. The purposes of this process are supposedly to save what is best of our heritage and improve the infrastructure upon which we depend for a civilised existence.
Your local planning authority is responsible for deciding whether a development – anything from an extension on a house to a new shopping centre – should go ahead, but must act within the law. This link shows how planning decisions are affected by the Law, national guidance, European law, and by the development plan for your area.
The law is centred on the National Policy Planning Framework (NPPF) which sets out the Government’s planning policies for England and came into effect in March 2012. It replaces over a thousand pages of planning policy statements and planning policy guidance previously issued by the Government with a document of around fifty pages.
It provides the basis for local planning authorities to prepare their Local Plans and for communities producing Neighbourhood Plans.
The NPPF has recently be supplemented by the National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG) which expands on some of the policies in the NPPF.
Each Planning Authority must meet the “five year land supply” for the area. This is calculated based on the housing needs defined in the Local Plan and required each authority to approve enough housing development to meet the need for at least the next five years.Given that since 2007 few new developments have been completed around the country most authorities have a housing need shortfall which has to be made up.
For more details see any of the pages in this section of the site…