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(p. 785) 18. Planning Law 

(p. 785) 18. Planning Law
(p. 785) 18. Planning Law

Elizabeth Fisher

, Bettina Lange

, and Eloise Scotford


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All books in this flagship series contain carefully selected substantial extracts from key cases, legislation, and academic debate, providing able students with a stand-alone resource. This chapter discusses planning law as a subject that interacts with other areas of legal practice and scholarship, including housing law, heritage law, and building control regulation. Planning law is the law that regulates what form the built environment should take, and as such, inevitably plays a central and guiding role in English environmental law. This chapter introduces planning law, and aims to highlight the most important elements of the planning system that environmental lawyers should know and understand. It begins with a brief overview and history of planning law, which can be understood as having two distinct parts: the creation of ‘plans’ and a process of ‘planning’. From its history, it can be seen that the foundations of the major features of the current planning system were laid in the wake of World War II.

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