Planning Performance Agreements


A Planning Performance Agreement (PPA) is a framework where parties come together and agree the best way to take a development proposal through the planning process.

It's a voluntary agreement between us and you, to project manage your proposal from pre-application stage through to decision and deliver high quality sustainable development based on a clear vision.

They include a dedicated planning project officer and allow us to:

  • Give you structured advice before you apply
  • Discuss your proposal in greater depth at various meetings
  • Help improve the quality of major planning applications
  • Take a more bespoke approach when engaging and negotiating with you
  • Work outside the standard 13 week timeframe

We think they'll get the best outcomes for everyone and strongly encourage their use.

    Why sign up to a PPA?

    There are many benefits to having a PPA, including having:

    • A named contact, so you can discuss your application when you need to
    • Key issues identified early on
    • More realistic, predictable and reliable timetables
    • Better accountability and transparency
    • Time dedicated solely to your project

    Will my application get approved?

    We can't guarantee the outcome of any planning application. By applying for a PPA you'll have the best possible chance of having your application approved, with greater levels of officer and community involvement.

    Fees

    The cost depends on the size of the application, resources needed, input from officers and will be charged at a daily rate. If we need to bring in additional expertise or temporary staff, there'll be additional fees.

    All fees include VAT.

    If you decide you no longer need or want our advice, any monies already paid won't be refunded, even if we've not yet given the advice.

    SizeUnits Commercial Floor SpaceMeetings Member BriefingsCost
    Small Under 50 2,500 square metres 2 0 £3,500
    Medium 50 - 99 2,500 square metres 3 1 £5,000
    Large 100 - 249 5,000 square metres 4 1 £7,500
    Extra large Over 250 10,000 square metres 4 2 £10,000
    Extra large with formal design review Over 250 10,000 square metres 4 2 £14,000

    Apply and pay

    Apply online

    Use our online form to apply for a PPA online.

    Apply for a planning performance agreement

    Make a one off payment

    If you've already applied and just need to make payment, use our online form. You can pay by debit or credit card. We accept Visa Debit, Visa and Mastercard.

    Alternate ways of applying

    You can write to:

    Planning Technical Officer
    Planning
    Maidstone House
    King Street
    Maidstone
    ME15 6JQ

    Your application must include:

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