Performance planning agreements are essentially a project management process and instrument designed to improve the quality of key planning applications and improve security and transparency in the development of major projects, the evaluation of planning applications and the decision-making process. Local planning authorities may place a burden on the administrative work inherent in the agreement and implementation of the planning performance agreement, as long as it goes beyond the legal powers of a public authority. All fees must reflect the broader principles for collecting pre-nomination fees – as far as possible as part of a clear menu of pre-application services – and in addition to any subsequent planning fees for the proposed development. Before filing a planning application, a planning agreement must be reached to exempt the application from the legal decision-making period (although a written extension of time may be agreed after an application has been submitted). Performance agreement planning is an ideal opportunity to identify the preferred approach to community engagement, including identifying the communities to be involved, the engagement process and the best approach to integrating their views. There is not a single model. In the light of the local planning authority and the applicant, it is appropriate to discuss and agree on an appropriate procedure, format and content that is commensurnative to the scope of the project and the complexity of the issues to be addressed. A planning performance agreement may address issues that go beyond formal application procedures, such as programming. B of the negotiation of a Section 106 agreement and related non-planning authorizations.
In the case of very large or complex systems, the agreement can also serve as the basis for all voluntary contributions that the applicant has proposed in the event of unusual costs for processing the application. The parties will want to ensure that these payments do not exceed the cost of additional work, have no impact on the application decision, and do not divert resources from the processing of other files; Any additional resources thus made available must be used for additional capabilities that are really necessary to ensure an efficient and timely service. Local planning authorities may charge for additional administrative work that participates in the planning performance agreement. All parties must regularly review progress in implementing the planning performance agreement and assume joint responsibility for resolving problems or slippages. Agreements on planning benefits must be concluded in the direction of a Memorandum of Understanding. They are not considered a legally binding contract unless the parties wish to approach the contract in this way. It is helpful to be aware of one`s status in the planning performance agreement. Parties are invited to make available to the public the existence and content of a planning performance agreement so that the agreed process and agreed timetable are transparent.
As part of its expanded planning service, the Borough Council now offers candidates the opportunity to conclude a Planning Performance Agreement (AAE) with the Council. This corresponds to the Council`s existing pre-candidate consultation. An AAE is a project management tool that allows all parties to agree on schedules, actions and resources for processing planning applications. AAEs are generally agreed during the pre-application phase and cover the entire development process, from consultation of preliminary application planning and Community engagement to the follow-up decision phase, including conditions relief and location monitoring, to meetings on the progress of the application. AAEs can be used for any type of application, but are the most effective for large and complex planning applications.