The Planning System in England and Wales

The planning system ensures that the right development happens in the right place at the right time, benefitting both the community and the economy. It plays a critical role in identifying:

  • What development is needed and where,
  • What areas need to be protected or enhanced, and,
  • Assessing whether proposed development is suitable.

It involves decisions about the future of our cities, towns and rural areas around the Severn Estuary. Decisions on development around the Estuary are guided by the separate but parallel planning systems and policies in England and Wales.

The planning system is designed to be applied by local government and communities. Each local planning authority around the estuary is required to produce planning documents explaining how planning will be managed in that area. Together, these provide an indication of future development around the Seven Estuary.

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