Case Studies

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

How we did it: Masterplanning a town centre revival

How we did it: Masterplanning a town centre revival

A 12-year vision to help a Merseyside town centre overcome years of decline had to look beyond retail, says John Geoghegan.

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How we did it: Securing airport expansion permission

How we did it: Securing airport expansion permission

Mayoral opposition had to be overcome to obtain approval for London City Airport's expansion plan, David Dewar reports.

How we did it: Testing the water for a cycling scheme

How we did it: Testing the water for a cycling scheme

New digital engagement techniques proved key to securing public approval for a London borough's cycling scheme, says Mark Wilding.

How we did it: Using a planning performance agreement

How we did it: Using a planning performance agreement

A performance agreement helped secure prompt permission for a Salford regeneration scheme. David Dewar reports.

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How we did it: Winning consent for a transmission line

How we did it: Winning consent for a transmission line

A law firm worked closely with the National Grid to obtain approval for a 37 mile electricity transmission line. Colin Marrs reports.

How we did it: Boosting home delivery via local plan

How we did it: Boosting home delivery via local plan

A Yorkshire council's local plan has won plaudits for its focus on raising build rates on home allocations. David Dewar reports.

How we did it: How we met new pre-application consultation rules

How we did it: How we met new pre-application consultation rules

A Swansea regeneration project was one of the first large schemes that had to abide by new Welsh government consultation requirements, John Geoghegan reports.

How we did it: Piloting a newt licensing strategy

How we did it: Piloting a newt licensing strategy

A Surrey council is piloting a streamlined licensing system to ease conflicts over protected newt habitats, John Geoghegan reports.

How we did it: Winning consent to build in a strategic gap

How we did it: Winning consent to build in a strategic gap

A football club worked with the local council and community to win consent for its training ground, Joey Gardiner reports.

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.

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.

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.

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