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Law Resources: Environment

Law and Your Environment  

The plain guide to Environmental Law, mainly covering England, Scotland and Wales. Have you got an environmental problem? You can get help here. The kind of problems covered are: fly tipping; noisy neighbours; graffiti; litter; dog mess; pollution; planning; wildlife; rights of way. We've also just added new pages on the marine environment. You can find out where to go for help, who the regulator is and how to approach them, how the legal system works, and follow links to the original laws.

Law Resources: Planning

Planning Portal  

The Planning Portal is the first port of call for anyone wanting to find out about the planning system in England and Wales. Our aim is to provide a one-stop-shop supplying answers, services and information to anyone involved in the planning process, from home owners and businesses to planning professionals and Government officials. As the planning system evolves and modernises, the Portal will be there to guide all users through the process. The Planning Portal is delivered by the Department for Communities and Local Government.  

Free and low cost information and advice concerning the UK town planning system. Guides on how to make planning applications, etc.

The Directory: Courts and Tribunals

High Court: Planning Court  

We carry out judicial reviews of decisions made by planning authorities, and hear other challenges to planning decisions. This includes appeals and applications relating to: planning permission development consent compulsory purchase orders highways and other rights of way decisions under EU environmental legislation

The Directory: Courts and Tribunals: Tribunals

Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber)  

Independent and specialist judicial body set up to resolve certain disputes concerning land.

The Directory: Environmental Organisations

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)  

UKs leading planning body specialising in spatial, sustainable, integrative and inclusive planning.

Town and Country Planning Associationn (TCPA)  

Think-tank aiming to put social justice and the environment at the heart of policy debate.

The Directory: Government Departments

The Directory: Law Associations: Barristers

Planning and Environment Bar Association (PEBA)  

Association of barristers who specialise in planning, environment, compulsory purchase, highways, housing, rating and other aspects of local government and administrative law.

The Directory: Law Associations: Lawyers

Law Society Property Section  

Assists residential and commercial property solicitors and licensed conveyancers by providing practical guidance, information and support on areas including e-conveyancing and Home Information Packs (HIPs), housing, land registration, money laundering, planning and environment, as well as tax and revenue.

The Directory: Official Publications

The London Gazette  

Contains a wide range of office notices including State, Parliamentary and Ecclesiastical notices, Transport and Planning notices as well as Corporate and Personal Insolvency notices to name a few. In addition, a number of Supplements are published covering Honours and Awards, Premium Bonds, Armed Forces Promotions and Re-gradings, Companies' information, etc. and a Quarterly Index.

The Directory: Professional Associations

Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH)  

Professional body for people involved in all aspects of housing and communities.

Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)  

Charity that exists to promote and progress civil engineering.

Landscape Institute  

Chartered Institute in the UK for Landscape Architects, incorporating designers, managers and scientists, concerned with enhancing and conserving the environment.

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)  

Exists to advance architecture by demonstrating benefit to society and promoting excellence in the profession.

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)  

The world's leading professional body addressing all aspects of land, property, construction and the associated environmental issues.

The Directory: Regulators

National House-Building Council (NHBC)  

Standard setting body and leading warranty and insurance provider for new and newly converted homes in the UK.

The Directory: Trade and Industry Organisations

Building Research Establishment (BRE)  

Provides expert, impartial research, knowledge and advice for the built environment sector and beyond.

Federation of Master Builders  

Trade Association protecting the interests of small and medium-sized building firms.