Local Plans & Strategic Planning

We are experts in strategic plan-making and developing strategies that are sustainable, inclusive and economically viable.

We provide a range of services to support local planning authorities preparing Local Plans, Community Infrastructure Levy proposals and all that these entail including policy writing, project management, critical friend review, preparing technical evidence, stakeholder and public engagement and acting on behalf of local authorities at Local Plan Examinations.

Our team has collectively been involved in the preparation of over 11 Local Plans and 5 Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedules and participated in numerous Local Plan Examinations which were found sound and legally compliant by Inspectors.

We utilise cutting edge software including Envision Tomorrow, a Scenario Planning Model comprised of a suite of strategic planning tools which integrate GIS, Scenario Builder Model and real-time viability testing. Our modelling allows local authorities and communities to test a range of ‘what if’ development scenarios before selecting a preferred option.

Our Services include:

Local Plan
Preparation

Local Plan Preparation

We provide Local Plan support including retained support for preparing whole Local Plans and CIL from the early stages of preparation, Examination through to adoption. We have extensive experience of the importance of cooperation between local authorities to secure the strategic priorities for plan-making and compliance with the Duty to Cooperate.

Technical
Evidence Base

Technical Evidence Base

We prepare a range of technical evidence to support the preparation and monitoring of Local Plans including Spatial Strategy Modelling, Infrastructure Delivery Plans, Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessments (SHLAAs), Whole Plan and CIL Viability, Housing Delivery Rate Assessment, Strategic Site Feasibility, Sustainability Appraisals, Annual Monitoring Reports, Compliance with the Duty to Cooperate, Housing Implementation Strategy.

Critical Friend
Support

Critical Friend Support

We use our expert experience of preparing Local Plans and Strategic Plans to review plans and processes to ensure they comply with guidance and legislation. We can provide this support at any stage of the planning process.

Stakeholder and Community
Engagement

Stakeholder and Community Engagement

We have extensive experience of engaging with technical and community stakeholders and can tailor an engagement and consultation strategy to meet the needs of your project. Our team is trained to facilitate workshops, round table discussions and other innovative engagement methods to ensure you get the most out of your project.

Expert Witness Support
at Planning Appeal

Expert Witness Support
at Planning Appeal

We have acted for a number of local authorities and Parish Councils as part of Section 78 Planning Appeal proceedings. We have particular expertise in matters of Five Year Land Supply and housing delivery as well as relevant planning policy matters. We can provide support from the instruction of Counsel through to liaison with the Planning Inspectorate, preparation of Proofs of Evidence and appearing as an Expert Witness at Inquiry.

Local Plan
Examinations

Local Plan Examinations

We have been involved in numerous successful and adopted Local Plans. We recognise the importance of the Local Plan Examination in addressing and identifying issues of soundness and ensuring legal compliance. Based on appearances at a number of Local Plan Examination Hearings we can provide extensive support in terms of responding to Inspector’s Questions and preparing Hearing Statements.

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Let’s discuss your projects and the services we can offer. All initial discussions are free of any further obligation.