Case Studies

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

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.

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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.

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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.

How we did it: Winning support for a wind power scheme

How we did it: Winning support for a wind power scheme

Public engagement proved the key to securing government approval for a Yorkshire wind turbine scheme, finds David Dewar.

How we did it: Halting the spread of the mega-basement

How we did it: Halting the spread of the mega-basement

A west London borough has become the first to use an article 4 direction to curb permitted development rights on basements, says Winnie Agbonlahor.

How we did it: Preparing a local plan in just two years

How we did it: Preparing a local plan in just two years

Making a local plan doesn't have to be a drawn-out process, say planners who worked on Hounslow's document. Winnie Agbonlahor reports.

How we did it: Gaining consent for 1,500 green belt homes

How we did it: Gaining consent for 1,500 green belt homes

A consultancy team has helped secure the first major green belt housing approval in five years, says David Dewar.

How we did it: Achieving annual land supply consensus between council and housebuilders

How we did it: Achieving annual land supply consensus between council and housebuilders

Newport City Council's approach to gauging its housing land supply shows that the Welsh system has much to recommend it. David Dewar reports.

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How we did it: Permitting schools on urban green spaces

How we did it: Permitting schools on urban green spaces

A West London council has created an innovative plan allowing it to build schools on Metropolitan Open Land, says Susie Sell.

How we did it: Preparing city's first new plan in 20 years

How we did it: Preparing city's first new plan in 20 years

The Welsh capital has adopted its local plan two decades after the last development strategy was put in place. Susie Sell reports.

How we did it: Building a framework for county growth

How we did it: Building a framework for county growth

A South East county has produced a single document that maps out the infrastructure required to meet its countywide growth agenda. Winnie Agbonlahor reports.

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