Relationship between the Environment Agency and local planning authorities
Relationship between the Environment Agency and local planning authorities

The following Environment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Relationship between the Environment Agency and local planning authorities
  • LPA's role
  • The EA's role
  • Planning policy
  • Planning applications
  • Standing advice
  • Environmental Impact Assessments
  • Hazardous substances consent

Local planning authorities (LPAs) and the Environment Agency (EA) have powers and duties that largely complement each other in contributing towards the protection of the environment and enhancing the quality of life of local communities. Working Better Together contains a commitment to work together to deliver specific environmental outcomes.

LPA's role

LPAs have a duty to prepare development plans for their areas. They also control development through permitting and refusing planning applications and enforcing planning conditions and unauthorised development/activities.

The EA's role

The EA has powers to engage in the planning process as a planning consultee, providing information and advice in circumstances where the decisions of LPAs are seen as capable of facilitating, or being conducive to the carrying out of the EA’s functions.

The EA's main functions are to: