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Planning Performance Agreements

A Planning Performance Agreement (PPA) is a voluntary agreement between a planning applicant and a local planning authority that sets out the actions, resources and timescales for handling a particular planning application.

PPAs can be used at the pre-application stage, the application stage, after a decision has been made, or for any combination of these stages.

PPAs can be used for any type of planning application. They are most effective for large-scale complex proposals but we also offer a simple version for smaller schemes, based on project milestones.

We recommend using our pre-application advice service for all planning proposals.


The advantages for using a PPA include making sure that:

  • important issues and consultees are agreed at an early stage
  • the developer, planning officers and consultees work together in partnership throughout the planning process
  • appropriate planning authority resources and expertise are available throughout
  • continuity and consistency from planning officers and other council consultees is assured
  • development proposals progress according to agreed timescales
  • there is greater accountability, transparency and communication


Costs are dependent on the scale and complexity of the application. The following PPA fees cover the resources needed for different types of application – we review our fees periodically.

Agreement type Fee excluding VAT VAT Fee including VAT
Small urban extensions – up to 1,499 units £75,000 £15,000 £90,000
Large urban extensions – 1,500 units and over £100,000 £20,000 £120,000
New settlement £150,000 £30,000 £180,000
Others – 10 to 99 units £10,000 £2,000 £12,000
Others – 100 to 499 units £25,000 £5,000 £30,000
Others – 500 units and over £50,000 £10,000 £60,000