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A local planning authority (LPA) is the local authority or council that is empowered by law to exercise statutory town planning functions for a particular area of the United Kingdom. Although, in Scotland, where all of the local authorities are unitary, the term 'planning authority' is used without the 'local' prefix. The authority is often the local borough or district council. National park authorities and the Broads Authority are also local planning authorities. County Councils (where they exist) are the local planning authority for waste and minerals matters and for their own developments, such as most schools, care homes, fire stations and non trunk roads. The London Legacy Development Corporation has also been designated the local planning authority for the area of east London that was redeveloped into the Olympic Park for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Local planning authorities also exist in the Republic of Ireland.
In England the local planning authorities are 32 London borough councils, 36 metropolitan borough councils, 201 non-metropolitan district councils, 55 unitary authority councils, the City of London Corporation and the Council of the Isles of Scilly.