Planning performance agreements

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

These are voluntary agreements between applicants and local planning authorities which help to:

  • bring together the developer, the Local Planning Authority and key stakeholders to work in partnership throughout the planning process
  • ensure complex proposals progress through the process to mutually-agreed timescales
  • ensure appropriate resources and expertise are provided to advise on complex proposals
  • provide greater opportunity for dialogue through the planning process and help deliver high-quality development

Fees

Cost is dependent on the scale and complexity of the application and level of resource required. The charges are set out below and are subject to periodic review.

Major proposals

£26,000 + VAT (£31,200)
  • Residential applications: 10 or more residential units, or a site of 0.5 hectares or more on an outline application.
  • Other types of applications, including commercial development: creating 1,000m² floor space or more, or a site of 1 hectare or more on an outline application.

Minor or less complex proposals

£15,000 + VAT (£18,000)

  • Less complex major development schemes as agreed by the Director of Planning, where a case has been made by the applicant.
  • Minor redevelopment schemes excluding replacement single family dwellings, unless they raise complex issues.
  • Complex minor developments raising issues such as mix of uses, design or conservation issues, residential amenity, those requiring S106 or which are likely to create more than local interest.
You should ask for advice on whether your proposal may be suitable for a PPA at pre-application stage.

Before making a payment, please read more about planning application fees.

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The payment of fees for a PPA ensures that major applications are processed to an agreed timetable with meetings to help overcome issues that arise during the application process. However, it does not guarantee that planning permission will be granted. If the planning proposal is contrary to the council’s adopted policies, the London Plan or national guidance, it will be recommended for refusal.

Template

Download planning performance agreement template


Last updated: 19 January 2017
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