Consent to Completion
How can local authorities structure a post-permission service?
The post-permission stage plays a crucial but often overlooked role in the planning process. When successful it helps to translate the promise of a planning consent into delivery on the ground, and maintain design quality through to completion and beyond.
However, there currently are significant variations in the process between consent and completion across Authorities, which can lead to lower quality developments and undermine confidence in the system. This Practice Note explores how a post-permission service, equivalent to the pre-application stage, could help to improve the quality of development.
Drawing on research carried out during a year-long placement in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, it sets out a series of measures that Authorities can take to establish a more structured post-permission service. The Practice Note is accompanied by a checklist and exemplar clauses which can be used by Authorities.
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