Pre-application advice and improved PPA service
We have worked proactively with the development industry and provided a comprehensive pre-application advice service to applicants and the provision of Planning Performance Agreements (PPA) to manage the larger scale developments. A best practice guide called 'Planning Positively Through Partnership' published by the Local Government Association, British Property Foundation and Home Builders Federation in association with the Planning Advisory Service has recognised our use of PPAs as a great example of how to do business with the development industry.
The guide highlights our Planning Division as operating best practice in terms of early engagement at plan-making, to set the scene for a smooth planning application process. The guide provides a case highlighting the positive partnership between us, Bloor Homes and its engagement with the local community to bring about the development of just over 100 new homes at Stanford Road, Shefford. This incorporated new affordable housing, a nature reserve, local road improvements and a new pedestrian / cycle bridge linking the local area to the town’s Millennium Green. View the guide on the Local Government Association website (link opens in new window).
We have now revised and enhanced the PPA process focussing on improving the project management of major planning proposals to ensure that these are progressed within agreed timescales. A Planning Performance Agreement Charter (PDF 908.7KB) has also been published, and sets out the benefits and responsibilities for each party of the agreement. We anticipate significant benefits for the developer, the community and us in using PPAs for major developments and we will work proactively with the development industry to deliver positive outcomes from this enhanced service.