Planning: role of parish councils

Whilst parish councils do not have the power to grant or refuse planning permission, local authorities are required to consult parish councils on certain matters affecting their parish and a parish council is a statutory consultee on:

  • the development plan
  • local plans
  • structure plans (Local Government Act 1972, section 101).

Planning authorities must inform local parish councils of applications affecting its parish and consider its views when deciding on planning applications.

Download the booklet form the documents section below to find out more about the role of Parish Councils where planning applications are submitted in their parish.