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Planning performance agreement

Date updated: 6/30/2020

Planning proposals in the City of London can raise complex issues, due to factors such as the density of development, mixed uses, a rich historic environment, high land values and a large number of workers.

Central government encourages the use of Planning Performance Agreements (PPAs) for large or complex planning proposals.

A Planning Performance Agreement is a project management tool used to agree the process for handling a planning application (for example, agreeing timescales, actions, and resources), which:

  • Enables the developer, the local planning authority and key stakeholders to work in partnership throughout the planning process
  • Enables complex proposals to progress through the planning process with an agreed timescale, guaranteeing certainty for the developer
  • Ensures that appropriate resources and expertise are provided to advise on complex proposals
  • Provides an opportunity for detailed dialogue and enables the delivery high-quality development

Entering into a Planning Performance Agreement does not give a guarantee of planning permission.

Planning Performance Agreements are made pursuant to the Localism Act 2011 and the Local Government Acts 1972, 2000, and 2003. Section 93 of the Local Government Act 2003 allows local planning authorities to charge for providing discretionary services and legislation is clear that, where charges are made, they must not exceed the cost of providing the service. The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) identify PPA/developer contributions as a revenue stream that should be maximized by planning authorities.

Developers are asked to present their proposals for assessment in the City of London’s 3-D model to accurately test the impact of height, scale and massing in both the existing context and within the context of future planned development.

Pre application PPA fees

Cost is dependent on the scale and complexity of the application and level of resources required. The fees are inclusive of VAT.

Pre application PPA fees
Proposal Applies to Fee £
Major (6 meetings) Residential applications: 10 or more residential units, or a site of 0.5 hectares or more on an outline application and 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 37,000
 Major (12 meetings) Residential applications: 10 or more residential units, or a site of 0.5 hectares or more on an outline application and 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.   57,000
 Major bespoke (anything in between or more than  For large scale, complex developments requiring significant resources, or for special projects that do not fit into any other of other categories. A bespoke number of meetings can be offered. Anything in between or more than those listed in the above categories  Fee on application

 

Planning application PPA fees

Cost is dependent on the scale and complexity of the application and level of resources required. The fees are inclusive of VAT

Planning application PPA fees
Proposal Applies to Fee £
Major proposals Residential applications: between 10-50 residential units, or a site of 0.5 hectares or more on an outline application. Other types of applications including commercial development, creating between 1,000m2 and 10,000m2 floor space, or a site of 1 hectare or more on an outline application 35,000
Large scale major proposals Residential applications above 50 residential units, or a site of 0.5 hectares or more on an outline application including commercial development, creating 10,000m2 floor space or more, or a site of 1 hectare or more on an outline application.  57,500
 S73 major applications Any S73 applications to vary or remove any planning conditions attached to planning permissions for major development.  22,500 
 Conditions For the discharge of all conditions attached to planning permissions for major developments   12,500