Resources for Local Planning Authorities and Developers including our Pro-Forma, High Level Target 5 Report and Joint Agency Guidance.
A key principle of the planning system is to promote sustainable development.
Sustainable development meets our needs for housing, employment and recreation while protecting the environment. It ensures that the right development, is built in the right place at the right time.
The resources on these pages can help you to maximise environmental gain from your development and to reduce its environmental impact.
Working within the planning system
Find out which planning proposals you need to consult the Environment Agency on.
We have developed guidance with Local Planning Authorities, developers and others in England and Wales involved in development proposals. Use our guides to identify whether you need to consult us on your proposals for strategic planning, pre-application and planning application proposals.
Find out when you should consult the Environment Agency
Find out when you should consult Environment Agency Wales
Find out when you should consult Environment Agency Wales (Welsh)
Foul drainage assessment
Use this form to establish whether non-mains drainage, either a new system or connection to an existing system, would be acceptable. It should only be used for planning related enquiries and cannot be used to apply for an environmental permit for discharges to surface water and groundwater.
Water Cycle Study Guidance
This document is to assist local authorities, developers and others involved in commissioning or carrying out a water cycle study. It provides non-prescriptive guidance on the purpose, scope and best-practice process for undertaking such studies.