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The Company

Planning Guide was established in 2001 and is the market leading company for producing planning related material. Within our purpose built headquarters is our media centre, telephone marketing, distribution and administration departments.

Planning Guides

The Planning Guide is a printed and online guide designed to help applicants understand the planning process. It provides a clear overview of how the planning system works, with all the information needed to help them complete their application.


Our mission is to provide all the information first time applicants or regular developers require from the pre-planning stage right through to completion of the project. You’ll find all the information you need in the planning guide.

Planning Information

Do You Need Planning Permission?

A planning application is required in most circumstances. If a planning application is required, the local planning authority is generally responsible for making a decision on the proposal in the first instance.

Preparation Is Key

When planning home improvements, the project can involve a substantial investment in your property. How can you be sure your financial investment is protected? Often, the contractor you employ to carry out the work was not known to you prior to their engagement. So can you trust your contractor?

Applying for Planning Permission

The majority of people use a planning professional or agent to submit an application on their behalf. If you decide to use an agent then your local council normally send all correspondence to that agent. If you submit the application yourself then your local council will correspond directly with you.

Construction Design & Management

The Construction Design & Management Regulations (CDM 2015) are the main set of regulations for managing the health, safety and welfare of construction projects. CDM applies to all building and construction work.

Appeals & Complaints

If you think your Council has made the wrong decision on your application, or if you have not been given a decision within 8 weeks, (or 13 weeks for larger schemes) you can ask the Planning Inspectorate to consider your case.

Design & Conservation

Design is an important consideration in the determination of planning applications and council’s are keen to encourage high quality building design throughout the council area.

Tree Preservation Orders

The Council has powers to protect trees by making TPOs and will send copies of these orders to the landowner concerned and explain the reason for making them. The landowner will have a chance to comment on any order.

Building Control

Building Control’s main role is to check plans and building work to ensure that the national building regulations are satisfied. They aim to provide a professional service with an objective and practical approach.

Latest Planning Guides

Our publications are intended as a guide only and not as an accurate statement of the law. Further advice and guidance can be obtained from the local planning authority for the relevant area. No liability is accepted by the authors or publishers for loss suffered as a result of the use of this guide and they make no representations or warranties that the published material is free of errors or omissions.

Please note that the inclusion of advertisers in the Handbooks are not construed as an endorsement or recommendation of the firms featured.

Planning Guide must not be used to canvas for advertising.

What our customers say

Just wanted to say thank you for a number of things. Firstly reminding us the advert was due for renewal after the two years as we probably would have missed it. Secondly, the great price you have given us for a better location within the guide and the quick and easy payment plan.

And finally, introducing us to the guide itself, which has more than paid for the adverts with all the leads we had from it.

John West
John WestDirector, United Carpets and Beds

Advertising in the Planning Guide is a very cost effective way to target consumers who have just been granted planning permission. This target audience is perfect for our business and we have already received calls and emails from our advert.

We will definitely continue to place adverts in our local Planning Guides and may even expand our reach further afield moving forwards. I would highly recommend anyone within the construction industry to consider advertising.

Nikki Tollafield
Nikki TollafieldMarketing Manager, The National Self Build & Renovation Centre

Thank you very much for the Planning Guides recently received – everyone thinks they are great and look superb!! We will be distributing them throughout the District via Town & Parish Councils and Libraries. We have also included the link on the website to the e-magazines which has been programmed, along with some other major changes.

Once again thank you, I am sure the guides will prove a very useful addition to getting information out to our customers.

Helen Richards
Helen RichardsManager, Development Control, North Dorset District Council

I would just like to let you know that I have been very pleased with the service and feedback we have received since we have advertised in the Cornwall Planning Guide.

Simon Skinner
Simon SkinnerSkinners Engineering

We at Sharps Bedrooms usually focus our main advertising budget on National advertising, such as TV and National Press. However, this piece of media was something that caught my eye and thought was worth a trial.

I am pleased to say that after our first three months we have seen some very encouraging results come through, as a direct result of dropping our leaflets with the Cambridge Planning Guide.

Rachel Hutcheson
Rachel HutchesonRetail Area Sales Manager, Sharps Bedrooms

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