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Introduction to the planning system

The planning system seeks to make sure that things get built in the right place and in suitable locations. Planning also makes sure that development and growth are sustainable and that planning decisions will not damage the environment for future generations.

The role of town and country planning is to anticipate and respond to changes in the physical and built environment through the Development Plan and the determination of planning applications.

There is just one planning system in England, but it operates on a number of levels.

Local development is influenced by legislation and national policy.

This section provides an overview of the key elements including national planning guidance and the Government's Localism agenda.