The Town and Country Planning Acts were designed to ensure that land and buildings are developed in the public interest and that there is some form of control over land and property development. This new guide for the layman explains in what circumstances planning permission may be required and how to go about getting it; it also outlines the procedure for objecting to unwelcome proposed changes to a neighbourhood and how to campaign successfully against any major development like a new rail link or a new town.;Under the terms of the Town and Country Planning Acts, people who want to build a house extension or change the use of a building must apply for planning permission. This practical handbook explains what's involved in making an application, sets out the procedures to be followed and offers advice on what to do if an application is withheld.;People sometimes wish to object to neighbours' planning proposals - to build a loft extension, say, or change the use of a building (from a shop to a wine bar, for example): advice is given here on what steps to take to combat the application. The third section of the book describes what people can do to mount a campaign to conserve their environment in the event of a planning decision that will affect an entire neighbourhood or rural area, such as a major road scheme, a high-density housing development or the excavation of gravel pits.