The Government is reforming the planning agenda to give new power to local councils, communities, neighbourhoods and individuals. Making the system less complex and more accessible, to protect the environment and to promote sustainable growth.

Parts of the Building Regulations and the EPC for Construction aim to help reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment.

Under the Localism Act, neighbourhood planning allows people to come together and say where they think new houses, businesses and shops should go – and what they should look like.

You can usually find planning applications on your local authorities website.