Guide to Development Management at Gateshead - page 23

Guide to Development Management at Gateshead
Why is planning important?
Planning directly affects our physical environment and in doing
so influences our quality of life and general health and well
being. Development of land makes a big difference to how we
feel about our neighbourhoods, including the uses allowed in a
particular area (like housing, retail or industrial), the quality of
design of a building or space and the amenities that may be
provided as part of a development, such as open space and
children’s play areas.
It is important to get involved early on in the planning process,
so that you know how to influence it and make your voice heard.
Being involved will allow you to hear about and influence
proposed changes to your neighbourhood before decisions are
made. Under the Localism Act 2011 developers now have a legal
duty to consult with communities on major schemes, to take
account of those communities and to shape their schemes to
reflect the feedback or to explain why schemes are not able to
change in a way the community understands.
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