Planning Performance Agreements

A Planning Performance Agreement (PPA) is a project management tool that the Local Planning Authority (LPA) and applicant can use to agree timescales, actions and resources for handling particular applications.

PPAs can be used at the pre-application stage, the planning application stage and at the post decision stage or any combination of these.

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A request for a PPA will include a minimum of 15 hours officer time for major applications and 10 hours for all other types of application, including an administration charge.

In principle PPAs can be used for any application, and while they are more effective on large scale, complex proposals, the Council offers a simple form of PPA agreement for smaller schemes, based on the key milestones that would need to be adhered to. We also promote the use of our pre-application advice service for all proposals.

Nationally, local authorities and planning applicants have identified a number of clear advantages for using PPAs, including:

  • identification of key issues and consultees at an early stage;
  • provides a guarantee of Council resources with realistic timescales
  • better overall management from pre-application through to post-application stages;
  • greater accountability, transparency and communication;
  • improved partnership working;
  • continuity and consistency from Local Planning Authority (LPA) officers; and 
  • bespoke advice from key consultees (e.g. building control, environment, highways etc.)

To find out more, you can view our Planning Performance Agreement Charter.

Please complete and submit the PPA notification form with all submissions subject to a Planning Performance Agreement so we can identify and process your documents urgently.

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