Planning Policy

The planning system provides a way of deciding how we use land, what we build and where we build it.  It also looks at future needs and what changes are likely to happen and where.  National and local government prepare planning policy documents made up of maps and written policies that guide and inform future development. These policies are then used to make decisions on planning applications.  The planning system aims to secure sustainable development, which means being able to provide necessary homes, jobs and services in a way that protects and enhances the best qualities of our built and natural environment.