Planning News brings together news, features and research from across this sector. The planning process is central to how we live and work. From Local Transport Plans and Local Plans, through to Neighbourhood Development Plans and Listed Building Consent – planning plays a key role. As we move towards a greener, renewable future the planning process again comes to the fore with applications for solar energy farms and wind turbines amongst many others. If one includes areas such as tree and bio diversity protection, hazardous substances consent and environmental permits – it’s clear to see that the planning processes are both far reaching and often complex.