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
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.