Case Studies

Detailed analyses of how projects or plans have come together, accompanied by independent commentaries.

How we did it: Cutting planning staff turnover

How we did it: Cutting planning staff turnover

A Hertfordshire council has succeeded in boosting the recruitment and retention of planning staff, reports David Dewar.

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Policy Summary: Route-wide order approves matters ancillary to HS2 construction

Policy Summary: Route-wide order approves matters ancillary to HS2 construction

Policy: High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Act 2017: Government Response to the Consultation on the Draft Class Approval for Matters Ancillary to Development under Schedule 17.

How we did it: Mitigating homes' impact with green space

How we did it: Mitigating homes' impact with green space

The provision of green spaces near a new housing development in Berkshire is helping to protect rare habitats, reports David Dewar.

How we did it: Preparing a burial strategy for the future

How we did it: Preparing a burial strategy for the future

A Leicestershire council is one of few authorities confronting the problem of dwindling burial space. John Geoghegan reports.

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How we did it: Preparing a county-wide planning protocol

How we did it: Preparing a county-wide planning protocol

Planners and developers in Kent have drawn up an agreement to boost delivery of housing and jobs. John Geoghegan reports.

How we did it: Moving solar farm to protect grassland

How we did it: Moving solar farm to protect grassland

An energy firm worked with Natural England to protect sensitive Dorset downland by relocating a solar farm. David Dewar reports.

How we did it: Preparing a plan to boost public health

How we did it: Preparing a plan to boost public health

Gathering extensive data was vital in setting a policy to improve public health in an inner London borough. David Dewar reports.

Unnecessary age restriction removed on replacement dwellings

A condition imposed on a housing development in west Sussex which required the occupiers to be aged 55 or older was removed, an inspector ruling that the council had provided inadequate justification for its retention.

How we did it: Winning consent for national park homes

How we did it: Winning consent for national park homes

Local consultation and cooperation has brought a 416 home development to fruition in the South Downs. David Dewar reports.

How we did it: Winning a battle to revive a Thames wharf

How we did it: Winning a battle to revive a Thames wharf

Close cooperation between public and private partners has saved a London wharf from redevelopment plans, David Dewar reports.

How we did it: Holding developers to housing delivery

How we did it: Holding developers to housing delivery

How one planning authority is pioneering a new method for ensuring the swift build-out of housing permissions that ministers are urging. By Lee Baker.

How we did it: Building support for a neighbourhood plan

How we did it: Building support for a neighbourhood plan

Innovative engagement tactics proved key to creating a plan for one of Bristol's most diverse areas. John Geoghegan reports.

How we did it: Producing policy to boost self-build homes

How we did it: Producing policy to boost self-build homes

A Devon council has established a blueprint requiring developers to provide self-build housing. David Dewar reports.

How we did it: Delivering homes to balance the books

How we did it: Delivering homes to balance the books

Harrow's approach to housing delivery aims to make the most of council assets, says David Dewar.

How we did it: Slashing enforcement cases despite cuts

How we did it: Slashing enforcement cases despite cuts

Bradford City Council is taking an innovative approach to clearing its backlog of enforcement cases. Ben Kochan reports.

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How we did it: Winning local support for new homes

How we did it: Winning local support for new homes

Forging strong community relationships proved key to winning local approval for housing in a Hampshire village. Jim Dunton reports.

How we did it: Winning complex consent in nine months

How we did it: Winning complex consent in nine months

Planners redeveloping Cringle Dock waste facility in Battersea were under pressure to achieve a quick turnaround, writes David Dewar.

How we did it: Trebling homes target with town plan

How we did it: Trebling homes target with town plan

Extensive public engagement helped win support for an ambitious neighbourhood plan, says John Geoghegan.

How we did it: Making the case for green belt release

How we did it: Making the case for green belt release

Cooperation was key to approval of plans for a hi-tech manufacturing complex in the South Yorkshire green belt, says John Geoghegan.

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