What are the best ways to deliver design-led pre-applications?
Pre-application plays a fundamental role in the planning process. When successful, it can achieve better quality development by collaboratively addressing issues upfront – or planning ahead. However, there are currently significant variances in pre-application services and fees across Authorities.
This Practice Note explores ways of improving quality by building a design-led approach into the pre-application process. Drawing on research carried out during a year-long placement in the London Borough of Havering, it sets out a series of simple steps that Authorities can take to make pre-applications deliver better results for officers, applicants, communities and councillors.
The Practice Note is accompanied by an easy-to-use checklist for Authorities and a benchmarking review of publicly available information on pre-application services in London.
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