Guide to Community Rights, Environment and Planning Law

The South Hams Society sincerely thank The Friends of the Earth for allowing us to reproduce extracts from their excellent guides.


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Learn about the legal and planning system  and get to know your rights when it comes to decisions about your local area.
Environmental law and the planning system can be powerful tools in the work for healthier nature, clean air and water and a better environment for everyone.

At times it can feel like the people with the most money and connections get to make the decisions about what happens where you live. And it can feel like those with less power are the ones who have to put up with the consequences — affecting their health and quality of life.

The South Hams Society and Friends of the Earth  are committed to supporting people in their hopes for more sustainable development. We want to provide the tools to enable you to have your say in the decisions which will affect you.

Here you will find guidance on community rights, environment and planning law, written by the FOE’s own expert team of lawyers and planners.

Your right to know

Information is power. Freedom of Information (FOI) laws give everyone the opportunity to access information held by public authorities such as national and local government.

Your right to participate

Your right to challenge

Community Rights and Justice Centre

We take on a small number of environmental public-interest cases on behalf of these groups. We try, in particular, to work with community groups that suffer the brunt of bad environmental decisions and cannot otherwise get legal advice.

Planning support

Bothe the South Hams Society and the FOE take on a very small number of environmental public-interest cases on behalf of local groups. We especially try to accommodate the needs of those community groups under threat of development and that cannot otherwise get planning consultancy advice.

Our support can range from providing advice on making objections, to responding to planning consultations, providing Inquiry advice and enabling better and effective understanding of, and engagement with, the planning system.

We take your privacy very seriously. We’re committed to making sure we work in line with current data protection legislation and protecting your personal information online. See our privacy policy for more details.


The South Hams Society sincerely thank Friends of the Earth for permission to use their links  – 21/11/2018     Friends of the earth


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