Planning performance agreements (PPAs)

Planning performance agreements

Planing performance agreements are designed to address some common problems encountered during the planning process, such as timescales, resources, and the quality of applications and decisions. PPAs provide a framework and a collaborative and project management approach for delivering good quality planning and development outcomes.

Some key potential benefits of using a PPA include:

  • establishing a better understanding of a project's needs, including management of resources, and the scope of collaborative working;
  • setting a realistic timetable relevant for the size and complexity of the application and defining key milestones
  • minimising the risks and costs of appeal
  • enabling identification of problems and a method of reviewing these
  • providing a formal mechanism for parties, including key stakeholders, to collaborate.

When should a PPA be proposed?


We recommend that discussions about the use of a PPA should start during the pre application stage of the development. We have, introduced a charge for all planning performance agreements to ensure that adequate resources and expertise can be provided to advise on development proposals. Our current charge is negotiated on a case by case basis.

What is the best approach to agreeing the scope of a PPA?

We have drafted a standard agreement setting out our preferred approach. We hope that this will mean that valuable time and resources is not taken up on the PPA itself.