2.3 Planning and building regulations

Take it further with these ideas and web links

Some local authorities put planning applications online:

  • See if you can find any applications that have been submitted near your school or college.

See if you can interview someone from your local authority planning team:

  • Ask them to explain the sorts of development that arise in your area.
  • Which developments have been approved?
  • What were rejected, and why?

The planning system is one way in which the government can encourage sustainable communities:

  • Visit www.idea.gov.uk and search the site for ‘a beginner’s guide to sustainable communities’.




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