Links to other useful planning websites


Please note all links are external links:

Communities and Local Government
The Department of Communities and Local Government is responsible for national policy on local government in England and determines national policies on different aspects of planning and the rules that govern the operation of the planning system. They are therefore responsible for the national planning and minerals planning policy and the development frameworks that guide regional and local policy development.

The Planning Portal
The Planning Portal is the UK government's online planning and building regulations resource. Use this site to learn about planning and building regulations, apply for planning permission and building regulations consent, find out about development near you, appeal against a decision and research government policy.

The Planning Inspectorate
The Planning Inspectorate carries out planning application and enforcement appeals, holds inquiries into local development plans and deals with other similar casework under planning and environmental legislation.

The Royal Town Planning Institute
The RTPI is an organisation for planning professionals and aims to promote good planning practices, shape policy related to planning matters and raise the standards of the planning profession through education, training and professional development.

The Town and Country Planning Association
The TCPA aims to make the UK planning system more responsive to people’s needs and aspirations and to promote sustainable development.

Planning Aid
Planning Aid provides free, independent and professional help, advice and support on planning issues to people and communities who cannot afford to hire a planning consultant.


British Geological Survey; Minerals UK
Minerals UK is the British Geological Survey's Centre for Sustainable Mineral Development. This website will give you a wealth of information on mineral resources, mineral planning, policy and legislation, sustainable development, statistics and exploration.

Virtual Quarry
This website includes issues relating to: Restoration - Try your hand at turning a quarry into a nature reserve, identify the dangers to rescue the quarry trespassers and take a seat in the Rock Cinema and enjoy the videos.

Health and Safety Executive
Information regarding health and safety.

Bathgate Silica Sand Limited
Bathgate Silica Sand produces high quality silica sand, root zone and top dressing mixes to the industrial, equestrian and leisure markets. Bathgate Silica Sand Ltd Manage Arclid Hall Farm / Far Arclid Bridge quarry.

British Salt
Based in the heart of Cheshire, British Salt supplies over half of the pure white salts produced in Britain every year and its name has become synonymous with the very highest international standards of salt production.

Hanson is the world's number one producer of construction aggregates - crushed rock, sand and gravel. Worldwide the group operates over 400 quarries and 20 marine dredgers, producing around 230 million tonnes of aggregates a year. Quarries managed by Hansons UK in Cheshire East include Mere Farm Quarry.

Tarmac Quarry Products Limited
Supplier of aggregates and asphalt, also offering infrastructure maintenance, recycling environmental services. Quarries managed by Tarmac in Cheshire East include Eaton Hall.

Waste planning

Environment Agency
The Environment Agency regulates the management of waste from production to disposal through licensing and other regulatory controls, collects and publishes waste data and provides advice on planning applications as a statutory consultee.

Neighbouring authorities’ planning websites