Here are the links we think will help you. If you require any help with the information, or issues, raised on these sites don’t hesitate to contact us on 01282 872570. Or you can always email any of our team. We will be happy to help.

UK Government

Planning Portal
Government gateway to planning information throughout the UK. Provides information on plans, appeals, applications, contact details, research areas.

Department for Communities and Local Government
The Government Department responsible for planning and the environment. Here you will find details on the planning system, national planning policy, sustainability, and how the Localism agenda will affect planning with neighbourhood plans and community right to build.

Department for Business Innovation and Skills
The government’s Department for ‘growth’, including the new Regional Growth Fund (RGF)

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Government Department looking after policy on the environment, sustainability, food, farming and rural communities.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Government department for architecture, design and listed buildings.

Other important UK Planning sites

Homes and Communities Agency
National agency working to create high quality, sustainable places. They provide funding for affordable housing, bring land back into productive use and improve quality of life by raising standards for the physical and social environment.

Royal Town Planning Institute
UK’s main professional body for town planning.

Providers of Neighbourhood Planning Support

Below are links to the organisations funded by Government to support neighbourhood plannning.


Prince’s Foundation

RTPI Planning Aid

National Association of Local Councils in conjunction with the Campaign to Preserve Rural England

Things we like

Action for Market Towns

Business Environment Association

East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce

Stonewood Timber Frames

News sites we think you may find useful

Planning Magazine
The latest planning and property development news, analysis and case studies from Planning magazine.

And don’t forget Kirkwells’ Planning Blog, sometimes funny, sometimes irreverent, but always topical and crammed with information. Nor our daily update Kirkwells Planning News.

Kirkwells Planning Blog – news and comment on the best planning and environment stories.

Kirkwells Planning News

Kirkwells policies

Kirkwells Environmental Policy

Kirkwells Equal Opportunities Policy


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