Cost of living support
Colchester City Council is providing support for residents facing the cost of living crisis.
The Government consultations on changes to the planning system are made through published papers which anyone can comment on in order to try and influence the changes they propose before they are made. You can also read about finalised publications and other announcements.
The Planning Practice Guidance is regularly updated by the Government. It will provide you with more information about specific issues such as flood zones, consultation requirements and planning obligations plus you can receive email alerts to inform you of changes to a topic.
Parliamentary News allows you to see what the Government might be discussing in relation to planning.
Plain English Guide to the Planning System - The Department for Communities and Local Government have put together a downloadable PDF guide of the different aspects of the planning system. This is good if you are completely new to planning and would like to read about everything in more detail.
The Planning Portal:
Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Planning Advice - Royal Town Planning Institute are able to give free advice to individuals and communities on planning matters. They can also provide bespoke support to those who are eligible.
Historic England - Historic England are a public body that that looks after England's historic environment. You can seek advice on planning if your property or site is listed.
The Planning Portal - The Planning Portal gives in depth information on Building Control and how to get Building Regulations approval.
Guide to Extending your Home - This guide will take you through the Building Control process for projects such as loft conversions, garage conversions, cellar conversions and domestic extensions.
National Planning Policy Framework - The National Planning Policy Framework sets out government's planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied.
Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Neighbourhood Planning Advice - Royal Town Planning Institute can provide help for groups of residents in different communities develop neighbourhood plans which go on to form part of the development plan for their area.
Historic England - Historic England are a public body that that looks after England's historic environment. They celebrate and help to protect historic places. You can search the National Heritage List for England to find listed buildings, monuments and areas and you can apply for somewhere to become listed.
The Planning Portal:
The Environment Agency - You can search The Environment Agency's website flood maps and coastal erosion areas.
HM Land Registry - Search HM Land Registry for information relating to property ownership information, property/site boundaries and title deeds.
Energy Saving Trust - The Energy Saving Trust is an independent organisation dedicated to promoting energy efficiency, low carbon transport and sustainable energy use to address the climate emergency.