Planning policy and the planning system in England and Wales

Planning policy and the planning system

Peter Creed

Find out more about planning policy and the planning system

In England we operate under a 'plan-led system'. Local authorities make decisions about development on the basis of planning policy.  This means that all decisions on planning applications in an area are informed by the policies and supporting information set out in the Local Plan for that area.

Local and neighbourhood plans and planning decisions have the potential to affect biodiversity outside as well as inside designated areas of importance for biodiversity.

We are in the process of updating this page with information about how you can help develop local and neighbourhood plans.