A planning statement is a document that highlights the need and context for your proposed development. It assesses how the development relates to national, regional and local planning legislation. They can also include the details and findings of consultations between the developer and the LPA, statutory consultees, and community representatives.

Depending on the scope of the community surrounding the development, a separate statement regarding the involvement of the community may be necessary.

A supportive planning statement will be required for many planning permission applications, particularly for large developments, significant changes to the use-case or application of a building, or works pertaining to listed or period buildings.