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Lost in local planning?

Deciding at which stage to get involved in local planning can be confusing. This page explains which stage is appropriate for which aim or interest.

Are you interested in the 'big picture'? For example, what will the plan do about climate change, the need for a new railway station or road improvements, or the need for new development?

For this, you need to maximise your influence at the vision, objectives, spatial strategy, transport and energy policy and formal consultation stages.

Are you worried about the impacts of new development on your neighbourhood or the countryside?

For this, you need to maximise your influence at the objectives, spatial strategy, development management policies and formal consultation stages.

Do you want to have an influence on deciding which areas should be regenerated locally?

For this, you need to maximise your influence at the vision, objectives, spatial strategy and formal consultation stages.

Do you want to find out if development is planned on some derelict land nearby?

Read the guidance on maximising your influence and then look at the information about spatial strategy for references to the Site Allocations / Proposals map.

Do you live near a big facility which is due to close and want to know if there are plans to re-use the land?

Read the guidance on maximising your influence and then look at the information about spatial strategy for references to the Site Allocations / Proposals map.

Then refer to the policy and formal consultation pages.

Does your local area have a shortage of housing?

For this, you need to maximise your influence at the vision, objectives, spatial strategy, policy and formal consultation stages.

Are you worried about the future of community facilities in rural areas?

For this, you need to maximise your influence at the vision, objectives, rural policy and formal consultation stages.

Do you need more shops locally? Is your local high street in need of a boost?

For this, you need to maximise your influence at the vision, objectives, economic development / retail policy and formal consultation stages.

Are you interested in nature conservation and biodiversity?

Read the guidance on maximising your influence. Then check out the policy on protecting nature conservation sites, referring to the proposals map. Then look at the formal consultation page.