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British Law >> Citizen Area >> Planning


Britain has complex planning laws. For the individual these concern making changes to property or gardens, changing the use of a property, objecting to proposed or actual changes made by neighbours and rules governing the maintenance and improvement of listed buildings. Local authority sites often include a specific section on local planning regulations. A range of websites providing advice and information on planning topics - both official government sites and sites of law firms specialising in property law.

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister provides an online guide to the planning system and other documents for download.

The Planning Portal offers a wide range of advice on all aspects of the planning system as well as a glossary of planning terms and information about making planning applications online.

Planning Advice is a site set up by a London law firm, Denton Wilde Sapte, to give advice about planning matters, when planning permission should be sought and how to make an application.

Planning Applications is a free guide to town planning and related issues. It includes information about when planning permission is required, how to make an application, how to object to planning proposals, issues concerning listed buildings, etc.

Property Law provides information and articles on a wide range of property law matters. It also contains details of accredited mediators, courses and publications.

Conservatory Info has details about planning consents for conservatories as well as information on the design and construction of conservatories.

Boundaries and Gardens

For legal advice concerning boundaries between properties, rights of way and garden issues, try the links below:

Boundary Problems Website offers advice and information for those living in England and Wales concerning boundary problems, rights of way and other disputes between neighbours.

Garden Law is concerned with all legal aspects of having a garden. These include trees, boundaries, bonfires, walls, roots and garden burial.