PPA - Planning Performance Agreement

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Planning Performance Agreements (PPAs) were formally introduced into the planning system on 6 April 2008 and are about improving the quality of planning applications and the decision making process through collaboration.

They bring together the Local Planning Authority (LPA), developer and key stakeholders, preferably at an early stage, to work together in partnership throughout the planning process. They are essentially a collaborative project management process and tool that provide greater certainty and transparency to the development of scheme proposals, the planning application assessment and decision making. The potential role of PPAs has been referenced in the National Planning Policy Framework to help guide positive pre-application collaborative working.

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