Planning is vital to our lives now and in the future. Please sign up to show your support.

The decisions we make now on how we build will define the fate of future generations.

We the undersigned recognise​:

That planning shapes the homes and neighbourhoods we live in and that these decisions directly impact on people’s mental and physical health.

That many people feel angry and frustrated that they have no control over the future of their communities.

That planning is vital to tackling the future challenges of health and climate change.

That the Government’s Planning White Paper strips away what little control communities have by:

  • removing a whole stage of the planning process so that permission will be given automatically in the plan and local communities won’t get to decide planning applications in growth areas.
  • removing the only legal right for people to be heard in person when plans are made. This will now be at the discretion of the planning inspectorate.
  • centralising power in Whitehall by the increased use of permitted development to convert commercial and industrial buildings to residential units so that local residents have no say over what happens in their own communities.

We are therefore determined to:

Ensure we have a planning system that puts the health and wellbeing of everyone at the heart of decision making and recognises that everyone has the right to live in a healthy environment that enhances their life chances and the well-being of future generations.

Ensure that everyone, without exception of age, gender or race, are able to share in the wealth of their communities and have a meaningful say over the decisions that affect their lives.

Articles: for rights, democracy, and the power to tackle climate change

  1. The right to participate. ​Everyone has the right to participate in decisions that affect their lives which means a right to be informed, a right to participate and a civil right to challenge. The absolute right to be heard when plans are made must be preserved and extended to any design code which is being applied to planning decisions. Communities should have the same appeal rights as developers to challenge decisions which are not in public interest.
  2. Local decisions should be made locally by democratically accountable bodies. ​Government must give back the powers removed from local authorities so they can control development in their areas. All parts of the planning decision from plan making to the final approval of development must be democratically accountable.
  3. A meaningful legal duty to secure sustainable development, tackling climate change, and the health and well-being of all citizens. ​We need to tackle climate change in every planning decision. We must all be confident that the system is there for everyone, and not just private interests.


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    List of organisations that have signed up (36)


    Gardens and Open Spaces Hull
    November 20, 2020, 11:25 am
    GOSH is campaigning for sustainable open-space management, led by the community for the community in partnership with the council, to enable food growing and encourage biodiversity in the city of Hull. We firmly believe climate change and sustainability must be the foremost consideration in Planning decisions and we therefore support the Charter.

    Test Valley Friends of the Earth
    November 13, 2020, 5:51 pm

    RAFF (Residents Action on Fylde Fracking)
    November 13, 2020, 2:18 pm
    Local communities are being denied their democratic right to partake in decisions that affect their immediate environment. RAFF (Residents Action On Fylde Fracking) has always encouraged its members to take action and get involved in local matters. The new planning laws do not make provision for this. There also seems to be no mention of the fact that an increase of effective integration of climate change and ecological matters into projects at the earliest appropriate stage enables better outcomes, reduced risk and cost.

    Eastbourne & District Friends of the Earth
    November 13, 2020, 11:07 am

    Bradford on AVon Town Council
    November 12, 2020, 4:45 pm
    We voted unanimously to support this charter at our Environment & Planning Meeting 11th November 2020. We agree with the articles as stated: our democaratic rights to influence planning and developmen, twhich should be sustainable and appropriate, protect our green-spaces for the well-being of people and to enhance biodiversity, and to tackle climate change. https://bradfordonavontowncouncil.gov.uk/ Submitted on behalf of the Council: Chair of Environment & Planning, Deputy Mayor

    Roseacre Awareness Group (RAG)
    November 12, 2020, 8:47 am

    Shipley & Saltaire Living Streets
    November 5, 2020, 7:52 pm
    We represent diverse community of local supporters. Such local residents have a stake in the way their neighbourhoods look and function, and a right to to respond to concerns, not to mention substantial expertise in the local geography. Planning for future developments and transport infrastructure must continue to be scrutinised democratically through local councils and public consultation.

    Aylestone Meadows Appreciation Society (AMAS)
    October 30, 2020, 7:53 pm
    We believe it is important for planning decisions to be properly scrutinised in an open and transparent manner. If these decisions are left to the organisations which have a clear vested financial interest, they will be biased and will not take proper account of environmental, ecological and conservation factors.

    Territoire Europe
    October 29, 2020, 10:56 am
    We recognise this Charter as a statement of the values that are shared by all democracies, and the importance of spatial planning as a means to a 'living' democracy. We note that this aligns with the principles of the European Charter for Participatory Democracy in Spatial Planning Processes, and particularly Article 3 : "In a Participatory Democracy approach, a broad range of interests and needs are expressed by as wide as possible range of concerned people. The process must enable each of those impacted by or having an interest in a plan, policy or programme of action to participate." (Article 3, of the ECTP-CEU Charter). We encourage all elected representatives to publicly declare their commitment to a more participatory form planning.

    The Norwich Society CIO
    October 29, 2020, 8:37 am
    Local communities are best placed to make planning decisions to ensure sustainable development which enhances the beauty, history and character of their local area

    List of individuals that have signed up (219)


    Donna Pearson
    November 23, 2020, 8:36 pm

    Adam Garfunkel
    November 23, 2020, 7:07 pm

    Kathryn Fahy
    November 23, 2020, 6:29 pm

    Stuart Boothman
    November 22, 2020, 11:22 pm
    I fully support this statement and the principles behind it. I would like to thank Rights: Community: Action for the help given, via the website, with our response to "Planning for the Future".

    Sue White
    November 20, 2020, 4:27 pm

    Jamie Pope
    November 20, 2020, 3:43 pm

    Jennifer Wilson
    November 17, 2020, 7:53 pm

    Lizzie Bannister
    November 17, 2020, 7:44 pm
    Planning is a very important environmental tool that helped to safeguard our wildlife, give us access to the countryside that benefited our health and wellbeing, and enabled sustainable, less intensive farming. It enabled healthier sourcing of food, and more environmental way of living that is inspiring and sustainable. It is important that people can have access to the countryside-next-door for various reasons from exercise, recreation and mental health. Please consider our different lives and needs that can include horse riding, wild swimming and cross-country running, plus things like birdwatching, walking and drawing therefore do need the green spaces to open countryside.

    Jeremy Wire
    November 17, 2020, 6:08 pm

    Leanne Williams
    November 15, 2020, 8:49 pm