This section contains links to further resources and sources of information and support.
Planning Aid provides free, independent and professional advice and support on planning issues to people and communities who cannot afford to hire a planning consultant. Planning Aid complements the work of local authorities but is wholly independent of them.
Friends of the Earth has a telephone advice line, staffed by lawyers and legal volunteers, to offer members of the public advice on environmental legal problems. The line is open the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at 0808 801 0405.
Navigus Planning is a small town planning practice focusing on local community planning and infrastructure.Chris Bowden, director of Navigus Planning, has been involved throughout Manningtree’s battle against a Tesco supermarket proposed for the edge of the town. He has produced objections covering a range of planning matters for Stour Community First, the group fighting the plans, and is able to advise other groups, as well as providing technical assistance with objections. Please visit their website or telephone 01206 700260.
The Environmental Law Foundation can provide more specialist help if you are seeking a Judicial Review.
The Association of Convenience Stores has a comprehensive website with information on its campaigns to protect local shops.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has a planning website with advice on responding to planning applications.
The UK Government’s Planning Portal is a good resource from which to learn about the planning system, apply for planning permission, find out about development near you, appeal against a planning decision and research the latest government policy.
nef (the new economics foundation) has published a number of reports revealing how retail spaces once filled with a thriving mix of independent shops are fast being filled with faceless retail chains or are closing down entirely. Ghost Town Britain looks at the impact on driving people away from town centre shopping, and Clone Town Britain argues that town centres are increasingly homogenous.