Essential reading: housing and planning

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Local authorities play an important role in developing healthy, sustainable neighbourhoods and ensuring that there are enough high-quality homes.

We have picked out a few items from our huge library of local government content that we hope will provide you with inspiration, ideas or just food for thought and make you want to delve deeper into the LGIU’s local government resources.

This page is part of LGIU’s resources for new councillors.

Explainer: The planning system in 2024

Planning is one of the most important duties of any councillor – the process of making decisions about the future of our communities while ensuring that residents and the environment are not negatively impacted. This briefing, aimed at newly elected members, sets out the planning process, common terms and phrases and details current issues within the planning system. Read the Explainer.

Explainer: Getting to know housing in England

This explainer provides a detailed introduction to local authority housing issues; key topics covered include homelessness, house building and renting. It is written with new councillors in mind but should also be useful to others new to local government or wanting to find out more about housing in England in 2024. Read the explainer.

Global Local: Greener homes

Each week the Global Local bulletin focuses on a different theme and brings you stories, ideas and inspiration from local government and partners around the world. This recent edition explores how local government is promoting, supporting and building greener homes. Read this edition of Global Local.

More on this topic

Discover more LGIU resources – from in-depth policy briefings to guest articles to training – on all aspects of housing and planning. Go to the topic page.

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