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One of the key functions of the planning system is determining planning applications. The planning application form can be found on the application form page.

In discussions with members of Planning & Building Committee and Historic Building committee, the following were identified as being the key purposes of the planning system.
• To facilitate sustainable development, in other words to achieve economic, social and environmental outcomes and to not just ‘allow’ development, but help to make it happen.
• To make robust and transparent decisions, including undertaking meaningful and effective public consultation; being consistent, logical and reasonable; providing feedback and reasons; and ensuring good committee housekeeping.

Many Government projects require a specific planning application, and these are processed in the same way as applications from members of the public. In some cases the Government has ‘Permitted Development’ rights to carry out works without a specific planning application. We have adopted a protocol setting out when and how public consultation on such projects will be carried out.