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Useful planning websites

Links to websites with information on planning and related issues.

Central government sites

  • Planning Portal (opens in a new window) is the government's on-line planning and building regulations resource. You can use it to learn about planning and building regulations, make a planning application, appeal against a decision and research government policy

Local sites

  • Alterations and additions to your property may make you more vulnerable to crime than you realise. The Crime Prevention Officer at Dorset Police (opens in a new window) can provide helpful advice of way of reducing the risk

Building standards

  • Local Authority Building Control (opens in a new window) is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards in building design and construction. It is based on a publicly accountable and independent service, ensuring that buildings comply with relevant legal requirements for health and safety


  • Natural England (opens in a new window) is a government agency established to champion the conservation of wildlife, geology and wild places in England. The agency was formed in 2007, bringing together English Nature, the landscape, access and recreation elements of the Countryside Agency and the environmental land management functions of the Rural Development Service

  • Environment Agency (opens in a new window) is the leading public body for protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales. It's the agency's job to make sure that air, land and water are looked after by everyone in today's society, so that tomorrow's generations inherit a cleaner, healthier world

Conservation and design

Lobby groups

Disability issues

  • Disability Rights UK (opens in a new window) is a national organisation run by and working with disabled people. It campaigns for equal rights for disabled people, promoting good practice and legislation that enables them to live independently in the community

Professional and related bodies

  • Planning Aid England (PAE) (opens in a new window) provides free, independent and professional advice on town and country planning issues to community groups and individuals. They believe everyone should have the opportunity to get involved planning their local area, and provide people with the knowledge and tools to do this.
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