Planning Resources

Below you can download a number of planning publications from Planning Aid for London, Planning Aid for England, the Environmental Law Foundation and the Department for Communities and Local Government. For further information on any of the publications you have downloaded here, please visit the respective website by clicking on the links.

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Neighbourhood Plans - FAQ's

Camden council have just released a leaflet which aims to answer some of the most frequently asked questions around neighbourhood planning. Some of these questions include: What are neighbourhood plans? Who will prepare them? What is the Council’s role and how will the planning process work. It also provides links to download further information.

© Camden Council October 2011

Regeneration to Enable Growth

This document addresses the Government's commitment to regeneration and explains the new approach of supporting and encouraging local authorities and residents to drive local regeneration through the introduction of a wide range of powers, incentives, freedoms and flexibilities through the decentralisation, localism and Big Society agendas. Supporting this is a series of tables to show the wide range of policies and funds that you might find helpful in driving forward your own regeneration plans for your area, or seeking to influence your council's regeneration plans.

© Crown copyright 2011, Department for Communities and Local Government

Housing and Planning- key facts

This quarterly leaflet contains tables of key figures and web links to a fuller collection of data shown in the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Live Tables.


© Crown copyright 2011, Department for Communities and Local Government

Pre-application consultation with communities- a basic guide

This note helps to explain the new Localism Bill requirement for developers to consult with local communities prior to submitting certain planning applications.

© Crown copyright 2011, Department for Communities and Local Government

The Community Infrastructure Levy- an overview

This document provides an overview of the Community Infrastructure Levy, a new planning charge that came into force on 6 April 2010 through the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010.


© Crown copyright 2010, Department for Communities and Local Government

Major infrastructure planning reform- work plan

This document looks at the government's commitment to planning reform, updates within the Planning Inspectorate, responsible bodies for deliverance of the work-plan and sets-out the timetable for the production and designation of National Policy Statements.

© Crown copyright 2010, Department for Communities and Local Government

Evaluation Report for Shaping Places

This publication was produced to assist disabled people, particularly blind or partially sighted people, to understand how Planning works, how they can get involved in decisions about their environment; and, to contribute to informal adult learning opportunities for disabled people.

© Planning Aid for London & Knott Architects 2010

The Equality Act and its Impact on Planning Law

Planning is not an area of state activity where equalities considerations are at the forefront of decision makers' minds. This guide, written by solicitor John Halford, partner at Bindmans, is a to help local communities understand the equalities considerations of planning.

© December 2010, Environmental Law Foundation

Planning Aid for London Main Leaflet

This leaflet explains what Planning Aid is, who it's aimed at, and how you can go about obtaining planning advice.

© Planning Aid for London 2009

Community Planning and Involvement

A useful resource for individuals, community groups or voluntary organisations needing help with planning.


© Planning Aid for London 2009

Making Places for Healthy Lives

Being able to live healthily means a whole range of different things, from being able to buy fresh food to making sure that your home is warm and dry, and having access to open spaces. Town planning has an important role in making sure that we can live healthy and active lives. Download this document for more information

© Planning Aid for London 2009

Challenging a Planning Decision

This leaflet provides advice on how you are able to challenge the planning decisions made by your local council.

© Planning Aid for London, 2009

Planning Decisions & Community Involvement

The purpose of this leaflet is to explain how and when people can get involved in the planning process.

© Planning Aid for London 2009

Good Practice Guide to Public Engagement Development Schemes

This guide is intended to provide practical advice for all those involved in public engagement in development schemes which require planning consent. It is illustrated by real examples of good practice and provides information and assistance to those planning, engaging in, or assessing community consultation.

© Published by Planning Aid England and Planning Aid for London

Planning Together: Local Strategic Partnerships (LSPs) and
Spatial Planning: a practical guide

This short, practical guide aims to improve collaboration between planners and those involved with Local Strategic Partnerships (LSP). It is focused on the strategic leadership role of local authorities in shaping good places, creating sustainable mixed communities and delivering better local services.

© Crown copyright 2007, Department for Communities and Local Government

Your Rights in Planning Decisions: A Guide

A handy toolkit which sets out what rights you have in the environment and how you can be heard. It also shows you how you can best use your rights to get involved with the decisions that affect you.

© Environmental Law Foundation

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