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Our history

Planning Aid van

Planning aid activity started in 1973, and now Planning Aid England works throughout England and separate charities exist to deliver services in Scotland, Wales and London.

These organisations offer free, independent and professional advice on planning issues, and empower local communities to engage with the planning process and influence decisions that affect their local area. This is built on the principle that everyone should have access to the planning system regardless of their ability to pay.

The photo shows the van used for transporting exhibition material and model-making equipment to communities as part of the planning aid service in the 1970s. Brian Anson is in the driving seat and Mike Beazley standing alongside. (Photo courtesy of the TCPA)

1973-2013: 40 years of Planning Aid Timeline

As part of our 40th anniversary celebrations, we created this timeline. Many thanks to the following who helped: David Lock, Rob Cowan, Michael Parkes, Pat Castledine, Elwyn Thomas, David McAllister.