The local authority responsible for planning matters in its area. Essex County Council and Maldon District Council are both Local Planning Authorities.
East Lindsey District Council is responsible for considering planning applications for development and other department control powers. (Lincolnshire County Council is the responsible authority in respect of strategic matters mainly relating to highways, minerals and waste disposal.)
the local authority or council that is empowered by law to exercise planning functions. This is normally the local borough or district council, but in National Parks and some other areas there is a different arrangement.