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Planning Aid services operate in England, Wales and Scotland, providing advice and support to help people engage with the planning system and get involved in planning their local area. 

Planning Aid England (PAE) is part of the RTPI. Launched in 1973, PAE is built on the principle that that everyone should have access to the planning system, regardless of their ability to pay.

PAE has been helping individuals and communities engage with the planning system for almost fifty years and our services are guided by the following principles:

Being clear and knowledgeable 
We aim to explain what is and what isn’t possible in relation to planning.

Being collaborative and supportive
We aim to understand your needs and always try to address them in relation to planning.

Being volunteer-led
Our work is delivered by over 300 dedicated volunteers who are supported by a small staff team. All our volunteers are members of the RTPI and have a range of skills, interests and expertise.

Being independent
PAE is funded by the RTPI, a registered charity. It is separate from both central and local government and provides completely independent and impartial professional planning advice.

Planning Aid Scotland and Planning Aid Wales are independent charities, separate from the RTPI. For further details visit our Contact page.