Town planning promotes the continuing growth and development of London as the leading international financial and business hub, while simultaneously bettering living, working and travelling conditions, improving the city’s environment, while safeguarding its historical structures and spaces. Early town planners focused on obtaining ample provision for essential metropolitan demands including housing, commercial and industrial functions, railways and roadways, water, sewerage and energy supply together with open space and recreational areas.
Most types of development including engineering of a building or change of use of a building or property, call for planning permission. To obtain planning permission you will need to put in place a planning application to your local Planning Authority. In London, normally, this is the Borough Council. All local planning authorities must notify nearby neighbours about planning applications. They can do this either by way of a notice pinned up on or close to the site or by way of letter to next door neighbours, and likewise for larger applications by an advert in the local newspapers.
This notice provides nearby neighbours as well as other third parties a three week period to submit responses about the application to the local authority or Council. The local planning authority is likewise lawfully required to maintain a Planning Register, which lists all of the planning applications received and legally recorded by the Council. This will usually be perfectly located at the reception of the Planning Department of the local Council as well as on the Planning pages of the Councils website. On quite a few Council web sites, you'll be able to obtain a great deal of information regarding each and every planning application, including the plans/drawings and also the Committee report.
Applications may be approved subject to conditions or they could be refused. These judgements might be made by the Planning Officer or, with more controversial proposals, by the Planning Committee which is composed of Councillors. The Council will have to provide reason(s) with regard to their decision and utilize policies from the Council development plan support their decision. If permission is declined, then an applicant may appeal to the Planning Inspectorate which will decide the application. There's no right of appeal for third parties, including neighbours.
The Department of Planning and Transportation supervises the Town and Country Planning legislation within the city off London on behalf of the Common Council , and advises on the formulation, enactment and overseeing of planning policy and assistance.