Voluntary Planning Performance Agreements

These are voluntary agreements between candidates and local planning authorities that help: all AAEs are concluded in accordance with the Local Government Act 2011 and local government laws 1972, 2000 and 2003. Section 93 of the Local Government Act 2003 authorizes local planning authorities to collect fees for the provision of discretionary services and the legislation specifies that in the case of royalties, they must not exceed the costs of providing the service. AAEs can be used for any type of planning application. They are most effective for large complex proposals, but we also offer a simple version for small programs based on project bricks. A planning performance agreement may address issues that go beyond formal application procedures, such as programming. B of the negotiation of a Section 106 agreement and related non-planning authorizations. In the case of very large or complex systems, the agreement can also serve as the basis for all voluntary contributions that the applicant has proposed in the event of unusual costs for processing the application. The parties will want to ensure that these payments do not exceed the cost of additional work, have no impact on the application decision, and do not divert resources from the processing of other files; Any additional resources thus made available must be used for additional capabilities that are really necessary to ensure an efficient and timely service. In order to ensure transparency, local planning authorities, when charging for certain applications, are urged to provide clear information online on this issue: planning performance agreements are voluntary obligations that allow local planning authorities and building permit applicants to agree on the time frames, measures and resources needed to process a planning application.

They are not conceived as legally binding treaties, but in the spirit of a “Memorandum of Understanding”. PPAs can be used for any application. We recommend them specifically for large and/or complex planning proposals, but we can use simpler agreements for smaller applications. AAEs aim to improve the quality of planning applications and decision-making; This requires cooperation and a concerted approach to project management. With this approach, the developer and key stakeholders allow us to create a clear framework for major projects. The national planning framework recognizes, in appropriate cases, the benefits of a design review. The local planning authority should consider offering, if necessary, a design review with its pre-application service. While a design review may take place at any time during the pre-application or planning process, it is particularly beneficial that it be carried out, once the restrictions and possibilities of the site have been defined and before a proposal has been developed in detail.

The ability to inform and influence the design of a proposed development at this early stage is more effective than the attempt to implement the proposed revisions at a later stage, particularly when it is an important proposal and/or a proposal requiring an environmental impact assessment. Central government encourages the use of service planning agreements (AAAs) for large or complex planning proposals. Collaboration with the community prior to application is encouraged where it will add value to the process and outcome. It is mandatory to consult with the local community on a pre-application consultation for the design of applications for the development of wind turbines that involve more than 2 turbines or when the height of a turbine`s moulding exceeds 15 metres. The existence of a planning performance agreement means that the legal time frames for determining the application no longer apply (as long as the agreement provides for a longer time frame for the decision, in this case the agreement will apply in the same way as a prolo

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