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About us

Planning Aid for London has been providing free advice and training on town planning for individuals and communities in London for over 40 years. We offer free advice and information through our volunteers (qualified planners and legal specialists). 15 min advice is provided to people who are affected by planning proposals or decisions and who cannot pay for planning advice.


Ask your question

Please send us your request for advice using one of the following ways:
  • Fill our our enquiry form here 
  • Send us your question
  • Contact us at 030 077 29 808. If we are unable to answer, please leave a message.

Do you qualify?

Unfortunately we are only able to help a limited number of peopleYou may qualify for our services if you meet one or some of the following requirements:
  • You do not own your own home.
  • The advice is not about your own planning application.
  • Your household's annual income before tax is less than £40,000.00.
  • You are not-for-profit organisation has funding of less than £30,000.00, or employs less than 1 full time person (or equivalent).
  • You are an individual starting up in business and have no links to other businesses and have no income other than benefits.
  • You need advice to safe a public facility, e.g. an open space or community building.
  • You receive benefits.
  • You are representing a tenant's organisation (with a minority of leaseholders).


Oct 2020

Planning Aid for London has responded to the Planning White Paper Consultation 'Planning for the future', which proposes serious reform to planning. We argue that significant investment is needed into re-skilling and capacity-building within communities to ensure members of the public can participate in a reformed planning system. We are concerned that the proposed reform will result in less opportunities for public involvement in planning, and further erode trust in the system. Please see our full response here

Sep 2020

Planning Aid for London has had its first steering group meeting to discuss PAL's work for the upcoming three years. We are grateful to the group members for their insightful contributions: thank you Just Space (@justspace7), Latin Elephant (@LatinElephant), ASF UK (@ASF_UK), Hackney Quest (@HackneyQuest), the HEAR Network (@HEAR_Network), the Grand Union Alliance (@GUAnetwork), Nancy Astley, Flora Walker (@floramelita) and the Town and Country Planning Association (@theTCPA)

June 2020

Since June 2020 we have been expanding our advice and training services. A new website will be launched later this year. Long-term casework support for community groups seeking to influence development and planning in their neighbourhoods will be available again from early next year. Priority will be given to communities currently underrepresented in planning decisions. Please see our press release here for more information. 

Contact Koen Rutten at to find out more about the new services, and follow @Planaidlondon for updates. 

The expanded services are created and delivered in partnership with the Town and Country Planning Association, with support from Trust for London

February 2020

With great sadness we heard of the death of PAL Chair Pat Castledine. On top of her many other interests and achievements, she was a tireless and inspirational supporter of Planning Aid for London. She will be very much missed by all at the charity. Any donations in her memory can be made to Kings College Charity or the British Lung Foundation.