Planning ensures that the right development happens in the right place at the right time, benefitting communities and the economy. It plays a critical role in identifying what development is needed and where, what areas need to be protected or enhanced and in assessing whether proposed development is suitable.

It pays to be on good terms with your local planners. Always try to meet planning officers face to face to make them aware of your concerns. They will also be able to explain local policies to you. It is also worth building links with other organisations in your community who might be concerned. Don’t assume that the whole community will automatically support your campaign.

For more information about the part that the planning system helps to protect the landscape and the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, have a look at The South Hams Society’s ‘Guide to Planning‘.   For the ‘big’ picture see the Government’s ‘Plain English Guide To Planning’.

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