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A3: Critical Success Factors

Creating high quality sustainable places that can stand the test of time is a complex and demanding process. Whilst the challenges and outcomes of any large development project will vary subject to their individual circumstances, the experience of ATLAS has identified a set of common success factors that are applicable to all cases. These factors can strongly influence and greatly enhance the likelihood of delivering a successful project and a high quality outcome. These factors relate to:

  • Front loading effort for long term gain;
  • Project management with a purpose;
  • Commitment;
  • Collaborative working;
  • Using resources effectively and efficiently
  • Creative design founded on robust evidence

Many of these factors are embodied in the move to embed "development management" into the planning process, moving away from a system focussed on regulation and control to one that is more creative and actively manages change through a positive, collaborative process. 

Success factors and lessons to be learned from planning large scale developments such as the Garden Cities and New Towns also provide useful context to the issues faced and potential ways forward. In particular, research undertaken by the Department for Communities & Local Government (Transferable Lessons from the New Towns, DCLG, 2006) and work by the TCPA (Re-imaging Garden Cities, TCPA & Land Securities, 2011) specifically consider some recommendations for planning new communities and garden suburb type  concepts.

Last Updated on Thursday 29/03/2012 - 11:19AM

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Advisory Team for Large Applications (ATLAS), 2014