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Planning performance agreements

Central government encourages the use of planning performance agreements (PPAs) for large or complex planning proposals.

These are voluntary agreements between local planning authorities (councils) and the applicant. They allow for a bespoke service to be agreed and provide a project management framework so that unnecessary delay and uncertainty can be avoided.

We handle large scale major planning applications by entering into a PPA with the applicant because they help to:

  • bring together the developer, the local planning authority (council) and key stakeholders to work in partnership throughout the planning process
  • ensure complex proposals progress through the process to mutually-agreed timescales, outside of the 13/16 week statutory timeframe
  • ensure appropriate resources and expertise are provided to advise on complex proposals
  • provide greater opportunity for dialogue through the planning process (pre-application stage, planning application stage and the post decision stages) and help deliver high-quality development.

You can ask for advice on whether your proposal may be suitable for a PPA at pre-application stage, or upon initial contact from the planning officer.

More information about planning performance agreements is available on GOV.UK.