Planning Process

Each Local Planning Authority (LPA) is tasked to prepare a Local Plan. This sets out the planning policies for an area, including the vision and objectives such as the level and direction of growth in relation to housing and employment. Once adopted, planning applications are then assessed in accordance with this Plan.

We believe that planning is a collaborative process and we actively seek to engage and build relationships with LPAs, local communities and key stakeholders to ensure we put forward proposals that are well considered and deliverable.

Local Plans broadly follow the same cycle of assessment, consultation and implementation in accordance with National Planning Policy. Local Plans typically cover a 30 year period, with national policy requiring them to be updated every 5 years to demonstrate a continual and deliverable 5 year supply of new housing. Understanding where an LPA is in this process, how they’re delivering against annual targets and how their planning policies are evolving in order to maintain future housing supply are important factors to consider during the promotion of any land.

Should LPAs either fall behind with adopting their Local Plan or are failing to deliver the number of houses required, opportunities exist to short-cut this process. Our specialist expertise lies in understanding these complexities, taking sites through the plan making process and identifying the optimum time to promote the site and secure a planning consent that will achieve best value for our land owners.

The NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework) places more emphasis on LPA’s through the plan making process to provide and demonstrate delivery of a robust 5 year housing supply. Should LPAs either fall behind with adopting their Local Plan or are failing to deliver the number of houses required in their Local Plan, opportunities exist to short-cut this process. Our specialist expertise is in understanding these complexities, taking sites through this plan making process and identifying the ideal time to secure a planning consent that will achieve best value for our land owners.