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T1: Responsive Planning Practices

The Government has confirmed its commitment to growth across every sector including housing supply through proposed incentives that include reforms to the planning system, and various housing related initiatives such as Help to Buy and investment support . It has also stressed the need for a responsive planning system that does all it can to prevent development from stalling.

These practice notes are primarily aimed at local authorities and their private and public sector partners in situations where market conditions can create challenges in negotiating or re-negotiating development schemes that are viable, deliverable, and meet local aspirations and policies, and where the parties involved agree that they would like to find a solution if possible.

The practice notes draw on the ATLAS portfolio of projects, current practice in some local authorities and recent planning decisions. They provide some approaches, principles and learning points that have been used to resolve issues in a collaborative and solution-focussed manner. However, these are not exhaustive, and it is anticipated that local authorities and their partners will adapt the advice and examples to meet their local circumstances and challenges 

It is important to note that while adopting a positive and well-managed approach to negotiations is a key ingredient of achieving a good outcome for all, in itself, it may not guarantee that a mutually acceptable solution will be found. 

This Topic Paper contains the following sub-sections and more detailed information is available in the associated download documents listed below.


Downloadable Practice Notes

T1.1 Addressing the
Challenge of Changing
Economic Conditions

T1.1.1: Developing a Strategy for Addressing Stalled Schemes

T1.2 Managing the
Process of Identifying
Potential Solutions

T1.2.1: Using a Collaborative Approach to Identify Potential Solutions

T1.2.2: Reviewing the Components of Stalled Schemes 

T1.2.3: Viability & Financial Appraisal in the Planning Process

T1.2.4: Managing & Delivering Competing Demands

T1.3 Planning
Tools to Deliver

T1.3.1: Reviewing S106 Agreements

T1.3.2: Contingent Deferred Obligations

T1.3.3: Affordable Housing Cascades

T1.4 Implementation
& Delivery

Last Updated on Friday 07/08/2015 - 09:22AM

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Advisory Team for Large Applications (ATLAS), 2017