Sustain Planning Food Cities

Getting started

Using the planning system for a good food environment

Planning is the way that big decisions are made on the use of land. Those decisions have major impacts on landowners and on the community. Planning therefore has rules and regulations which can make it seem very complicated. Planners use different techniques to get communities involved in shaping their local area but at key stages they have to use the formal terms and follow legal procedures. This online tool aims to demystify the process.

By following the toolkit, you will find out about different areas of the planning system that you can get involved in. You will find out if there are already planning policies in place and what to do if not. If there are policies – are they working? You can also help make it happen by responding to planning applications.

Which areas of the planning system should I get involved in


We have included a page for planners. You can guide your contacts in the planning department towards this page.

The local plan making system differs in each nation. We are working in detail with English cities. Other communities must apply the lessons learnt to the system in their own country.

Planning Food Cities: Find out how to get involved shaping the future of your local area to create a more sustainable and local food system.

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