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Which areas of the planning system should I get involved in

All areas of the planning system are relevant in some way to protecting and providing land for community food growing.

In an ideal world you would start at the beginning by getting authority-wide general policies in place, then work on more detailed policies or guidance to help shape new development. When policies are in place, you could decide to monitor planning applications to make sure the policies are implemented. However, in the real world, you may find  policies have already been agreed, or are part of the way through being agreed. We will take you through the steps that you could take depending on the current state of planning policy in your area.

This online toolkit will cover four parts of the planning system:

  • Local Plan making
  • Neighbourhood planning
  • Supplementary planning advice and guidance
  • Making planning policy work



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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12 Oct 2022

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