Planning Performance Agreements
What are Planning Performance Agreements (PPAs)?
Planning Performance Agreements (PPAs) are a proactive and beneficial way of working with us to achieve a high-quality development, within agreed timescales. PPAs are a project management tool, where you and Milton Keynes Council enter into a voluntary agreement covering:
- key milestones
- the approach to community engagement (identification, approach and best practice)
- other matters (e.g. s106 agreements)
They usually start at the pre-application stage, and can continue into the post-application stage, but can be entered into at any time prior to submission of a planning application.
PPAs can be used for any application. We specifically recommend them for large and/or complex planning proposals but we can use simpler agreements for smaller applications.
What are the benefits of entering into a PPA?
There are many benefits to a tailored PPA, the main being:
- an agreed timeline and structure for deadlines and actions
- a more efficient planning process
- multiple stages of pre-application advice
- agreement to consider revisions ad submission of further information during the application process
- the agreement to extend the statutory time limits for determining applications
- high standard of customer service
While PPAs do not guarantee the granting of planning permission, they do provide an opportunity to act on any potential issues before a final decision is made.
What is the process for entering into a PPA?
To enter into a PPA with us, we’ll need to some information from you so that we can properly tailor the proposed agreement:
- details of the development proposal
- details of any previous pre-application discussions
- how many rounds of pre-application advice you would like to enter into
- proposed timescales for submission and determination
- any other specific requirements
We will use this information to calculate a proposed fee and draft an agreement. The fee is based on the complexity of the proposal, how many rounds of pre-application advice you need before submission, and the proposed timescales for submission and determination.
To request a quote or discuss whether the PPA process is suitable for your development please contact the planning team via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entering into a PPA does not guarantee you a planning approval, and if the planning proposal is contrary to the council’s adopted policies or national guidance, it will be recommended for refusal.
Last Updated: 5 October 2020