Useful planning websites
Links to websites with information on planning and related issues.
Central government sites
- Planning Portal (opens in a new window) is the government's on-line planning and building regulations resource. You can use it to learn about planning and building regulations, make a planning application, appeal against a decision and research government policy
- Communities and Local Government (opens in a new window) sets UK policy on local government, housing, urban regeneration, planning and fire and rescue
Planning Inspectorate (opens in a new window) - if you are considering lodging an appeal against a planning decision
Department for Transport (opens in a new window) - focuses solely on transport issues
The Office of Public Sector Information (opens in a new window) has grown grown out of Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO). OPSI has a broad remit to advise on and regulate the operation of the re-use of public sector information. Their website provides access to national legislation
- Site Finder (opens in a new window) Mobile Phone Base Station is a national database of mobile phone base stations and their emissions
- South West Planning Aid (opens in a new window) provides free, independent and impartial advice on town planning matters to community groups and individuals throughout the South West who cannot afford to pay for a professional advisor
- Alterations and additions to your property may make you more vulnerable to crime than you realise. The Crime Prevention Officer at Dorset Police (opens in a new window) can provide helpful advice of way of reducing the risk
- Wessex Searches (opens in a new window) can provide advice on potential sewerage or water issues
Local Authority Building Control (opens in a new window) is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards in building design and construction. It is based on a publicly accountable and independent service, ensuring that buildings comply with relevant legal requirements for health and safety
Natural England (opens in a new window) is a government agency established to champion the conservation of wildlife, geology and wild places in England. The agency was formed in 2007, bringing together English Nature, the landscape, access and recreation elements of the Countryside Agency and the environmental land management functions of the Rural Development Service
Environment Agency (opens in a new window) is the leading public body for protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales. It's the agency's job to make sure that air, land and water are looked after by everyone in today's society, so that tomorrow's generations inherit a cleaner, healthier world
Forestry Commission (opens in a new window) is the government agency responsible for forestry policy throughout Great Britain
Conservation and design
Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) (opens in a new window) is a government funded Executive Non-Departmental Public Body
English Heritage (opens in a new window) is a government agency established to make sure that the historic environment of England is properly maintained and cared for
Resource for Urban Design Information (opens in a new window) offers information about good practice in urban design
The Urban Design Group (opens in a new window) was formed in 1978 to bring together people involved in the decision-making, creation and use of the urban environment
- Radar (opens in a new window) is a national organisation run by and working with disabled people. It campaigns for equal rights for disabled people, promoting good practice and legislation that enables them to live independently in the community
Professional and related bodies
- Planning Aid England (PAE) (opens in a new window) provides free, independent and professional advice on town and country planning issues to community groups and individuals. They believe everyone should have the opportunity to get involved planning their local area, and provide people with the knowledge and tools to do this.
The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) (opens in a new window) exists to advance the science and art of town planning for the benefit of the public. Town planning involves much more than planning towns, and is often referred to simply as 'planning'.
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) (opens in a new window) has 110,000 members in 120 countries, addressing all aspects of land, property, construction and the associated environmental issues
Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) (opens in a new window) is a professional body for managers in construction
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) (opens in a new window) - with 30,000 members, exists to further the cause of architecture in politics and culture, in the UK and internationally
Architects Registration Board (ARB) (opens in a new window) - is the independent UK regulator of architects. If you are employing an architect ensure they are registered with the ARB - the body which maintains the register listing every architect in the UK.