The Government's Localism Act is set to radically change the planning framework for local communities by introducing neighbourhood planning.

The planning system has a huge impact on the places where we live and on decisions - from your high street to the development of a nuclear power station.

What did we campaign for?

Friends of the Earth campaigned for an amendment to the Localism Bill to ensure that planning helps deliver sustainable development.

We didn't get an amendment to the Bill. But the Communities and Local Government Select Committee report recommends a definition of sustainable development, which we support, that says that we need to live within environmental limits.

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Looking for a quick and easy way to get up to speed with the new changes to the planning system? Join our free online webinar.

Thursday 11 June, 13:00 - 14:00. No previous knowledge required.
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Planning masterclass
Wondering what the changes to planning mean for you and your community?

Find out from the experts what's new in the national policy framework and learn about the opportunities with neighbourhood planning. Throughout the day we'll hold workshops packed full of campaign top tips and tactics.

Saturday 30 June, 10:00 - 16:00, FREE event, Birmingham
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Find out more

New planning rules
Friends of the Earth's reaction to the release of the NPPF.

Planning reform: Explained
A briefing introducing and explaining the proposed new planning system.

Draft NPPF failing to plan for the future
A briefing decribing what is missing in the draft planning framework.

Successful planning
A briefing outlining the proposed planning system and highlighting what is needed to create a successful planning system.

Neighbourhood planning
A table explaining how neighbourhood planning will work.