Providing major planning application support to Trafford Council

Due to a sudden resource gap at Trafford Council, it left their planning team with reduced capacity and senior expertise to support with a major complex planning application into the borough.

What we did

We processed a major planning application working remotely but then meeting at client offices as required.

Works carried out involved:

  • Initial briefing with the Council to understand any particular issues of relevance – planning policy, council Member interests, community or consultees issues, other technical, procedural, sensitivities or local knowledge based matters
  • Familiarisation with the proposal, planning history, planning policy framework etc;
  • A site visit
  • An assessment and summary of consultee and neighbour response
  • Production of interim issues report plus client instructions as necessary;
  • Instructing the Council’s business support team to re-notify local residents and relevant consultees if necessary;
  • Assessment of additional responses;
  • Preparation of a robust committee report and list of planning condition
  • Preparation of heads of terms of a legal agreement for committee decision (if necessary); and
  • Quality check by one of our managers

The outcome

  • We were able to determine a high profile, controversial planning application in a timely manner.
  • We produced  a robust planning committee report with clear justification, recommendation and conditions.
  • We were able to provide a remote working solution mixed with on-site attendance at meetings.

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