The Planning System in England and Wales

The planning system has a significant impact on the way in which we live, work and interact with the physical environment. It involves decisions about the future of our cities, towns and rural areas around the Severn Estuary.

A plan-led system: Each local planning authority around the estuary is required to produce planning documents explaining how planning will be managed in that area. Together, planning policy within these documents from all the Severnside local planning authorities provides an indication of future development around the Seven Estuary.

In England and Wales, there are separate but parallel planning systems

Decisions on development around the Estuary are guided by planning policies. Across England and Wales, there are two systems running in parallel which oversee planning in their area. (see Figure below)

Consultees include:

  • Statutory agencies
  • Council officers
  • Port/harbour authorities
  • Neighbouring authorities
  • Developers/landowners
  • Local/parish councillors
  • Local business
  • Community
  • Research/evidence


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Planning Bodies around the Severn Estuary

Each planning authority around the estuary has developed separate planning policy. Please click on the map below to take you to the main planning page of each authority’s website.

Planning bodies around the Severn estuary

Bridgend Borough Council Vale of Glamorgan Council Cardiff Council Newport Council Tewkesbury Borough Council Gloucester City Council Stroud District Council South Gloucestershire Council Bristol City Council North Somerset Council Sedgemoor District Council West Somerset Council Exmoor National Park Monmouthshire Council Forest of Dean District Council
Last Updated 2013

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