The purpose of the planning system is to deliver new development in a way which supports our economy whilst safeguarding the natural environment and built-up areas from the worst effects of development.

The diocese is talking to local authorities, public bodies and developers to ensure appropriate levels of community facilities are delivered along side the new housing. Community facilities help residents to engage with each other and shape their communities and may also provide suitable accommodation for your activities including ‘being church’.

The Fact Sheets below tell you about how the process works, but more importantly, how to get involved and influence the decisions of the Local Planning Authority.