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If you have heard about a new development in your area, reading the planning application is the best way of understanding its potential impact. Whether you have a special interest, like archaeology or wildlife preservation, or more general concerns about the kind of development your area needs, the pages in this section will help you present your views effectively to the right people.

The planning system exists to ensure that development is in the public interest.

Planning applications have a straightforward journey to approval. Understanding where you are in that process helps you know what responses you can make...

Our eight-step guide will help you find out more about a planning application, support it or challenge it.

Our top tips for viewing and understanding planning applications.

How will this development affect you and your community?

Compare the application to the physical reality.

Our top tips on forming a view on the proposal.

Planning decisions are made in accordance with your area's Development Plan.

Will you support the application, ask for changes or oppose it?

Our top tips on commenting effectively.

 

Engage your community and your local planning authority.

Speaking at the committee meeting where the application is considered could make all the difference to your chance of success.

Who assesses a planning application and how?

Use this sample letter as a guide to writing an effective letter of objection to your local council about a planning application.

Use this sample letter as a guide to writing an effective letter of support to your local council about a planning application.