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The planning system exists to regulate the use of land and buildings by granting or refusing planning permission.

Decisions about planning applications are based on the development plan for your area, which is prepared by your local council or national park authority. The planning system is used to shape development of our towns, cities and countryside. It aims to balance interests and create quality sustainable places.

Planning has a major role to play in enabling housing associations to meet the 50,000 affordable homes target and provide quality places where people want to live.

The SFHA represents members in consultations about he planning system.

The SFHA supports members by providing relevant events and information about the planning system. 

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