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Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)

The DCLG sets UK policy on local government, housing, urban regeneration, planning and fire and rescue. They have responsibility for all race equality and community cohesion related issues across Great Britain and for building regulations, fire safety and some housing issues in England and Wales. The rest of their work applies only to England.

The aim of their planning and building regulation involvement is to ensure the right development, in the right place, at the right time. They also work to protect and enhance the environment through the planning system...

The Planning Portal

The Planning Portal is a one-stop-shop for planning information and services online.  The website provides general information on the planning system, advice on how to apply for planning permission, the facility to appeal against a planning decision, and information on the latest government policy.

The Planning Inspectorate

The Planning Inspectorate's main work is the processing of planning and enforcement appeals and holding inquiries into local development plans. They also deal with a wide variety of other planning related casework including listed building consent appeals, advertisement appeals, and reporting on planning applications.

Her Majesty`s Stationary Office

HMSO delivers a wide range of services to the public, information industry and government relating to access and re-use of government information. The HMSO website provides an online resource of UK legislation and publications.

Royal Town Planning Institute

The RTPI is a membership organisation most of whose members are fully qualified professional planners. The RTPI website provides a wide range of planning advice, as well as publications and planning related statistics.

Royal Institute of British Architects

The Royal Insitute of British Architects is a membership organisation whose members are qualified architects. The RIBA exists to further the cause of architecture in politics and culture in the UK and internationally.  The RIBA website provides a wide range of information such as what architects do, how to find an architect and fees, architecture events, news, awards and publications.

The Environment Agency

The Environment Agency are the leading public body for protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales. The Agency makes sure that air, land and water are looked after by everyone in today's society, so that tomorrow's generations inherit a cleaner, healthier world.

The Environment Agency deal with issues relating to flood defence, pollution control, town planning, farming and waste, with their area of responsibility covering all of England and Wales. The Agency's activities range from influencing Government policy and regulating major industries nationally, right through to day-to-day monitoring and clean up operations at a local level.

Better Ways To School

Cumbria County Council's Better Ways To School (BWTS) initiative is aimed at reducing unnecessary car journeys along routes to and from school, thereby improving road safety and standards of health and fitness and reducing congestion and pollution.