As a professional, I have seen a lot of legal jargon and complex terms in my time. However, one term that seems to cause confusion across the board is “pre planning agreement.”
So, what is a pre planning agreement, and why is it important?
A pre planning agreement is a legally binding agreement between a developer and a local authority. It outlines the developer`s proposals for a new development and the local authority`s expectations for that development in terms of design, construction, and use.
The pre planning agreement is usually entered into before a formal planning application is submitted. It allows the developer to engage with the local authority early on in the planning process and helps to ensure that their plans are in line with the local authority`s vision for the area.
Why is a pre planning agreement important?
A pre planning agreement can be beneficial for both the developer and the local authority. For the developer, it provides certainty about what is expected of them and what they need to do to get their plans approved. It can also reduce the risk of planning delays and appeals by ensuring that the proposal is in line with the local authority`s requirements.
For the local authority, a pre planning agreement helps to ensure that the development will be in line with the local planning policy. It also gives them the opportunity to negotiate specific requirements, such as affordable housing or contributions to local infrastructure, before planning permission is granted.
In addition, a pre planning agreement can be useful for the community. It provides them with information about the proposed development and gives them the opportunity to provide feedback and raise concerns before the planning application is submitted.
What should be included in a pre planning agreement?
The content of a pre planning agreement will vary depending on the project and the local authority`s requirements. However, it should typically include the following:
– Details of the proposed development, including its size, scale, and design.
– The proposed use of the development, including any restrictions on use.
– Details of any planning obligations or contributions that the developer will be required to make, such as affordable housing or contributions to local infrastructure.
– Any conditions that the local authority may place on the development, such as landscaping or noise mitigation measures.
– A timetable for the development, including key milestones such as planning permission and construction start dates.
– Details of any consultations or engagement with the community.
A pre planning agreement is an important tool that can help to ensure that new developments are in line with the local authority`s vision for the area. It provides certainty for developers, helps to reduce the risk of delays and appeals, and gives the community the opportunity to provide input and raise concerns. If you are a developer considering a new project, it is worth exploring the possibility of a pre planning agreement with your local authority.