Planning is vital to place-shaping. It helps transform the local vision for a community into reality. It decides the form and location of jobs, homes, transport and educational facilities in ways that promote social, environmental and economic well-being.
The LGA's work is focused on:
The Growth and Infrastructure Act sets out provisions which enable the Secretary of State to designate a local planning authority (LPA) as 'poorly performing' on the basis of its performance on major applications. Read the LGA's response to the Government's response to the consultation on this measure.
The LGA shares the Government's ambition for the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to contribute effectively to the provision of vital infrastructure in a way that provides certainty and clarity for developers, councils and local communities.
New guidance document for councillors and officers, reflecting changes in the Localism Act.
LGA response to Government's call for evidence to aid review of planning administration regulations.
LGA response to the Armitt Review of infrastructure.
It is time to get rid of the Planning Inspectorate and for local government to organise its own system for managing planning appeals, writes Councillor Robert Long. Drive the debate and have your say on this blog.
The Planning Advisory Service (PAS) provides consultancy and peer support, learning events and online resources to help local authorities understand and respond to planning reform.
PAS is a LGA programme and is directly funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government. It helps local authorities to deliver: