Strategic Planning

Planning Aid

Started in 1973, Planning Aid provides free, independent town planning advice and support to communities and individuals who cannot afford to pay planning consultant fees. Services include casework advice from a qualified planner and training, information and facilitation for local groups about how planning may be affecting their community.  It complements the work of local planning authorities, but is wholly independent of them.

Planning Aid helps people to:

  • Understand and use the planning system

  • Participate in preparing plans

  • Prepare their own plans for the future of their community

  • Comment on planning applications

  • Apply for planning permission or appeal against refusal of permission

The Environment Department of the County Council supports the work of Planning Aid. To find out more, visit the Planning Aid website.