Richards on ... engaging all in applications

The Planning Advisory Service (PAS) last week published its pre-applications guidance. It should help agents, developers, agents and planners work more effectively with partners and the community before an application is submitted. Pre-application discussions can save authorities time and money, raise the quality of new developments and improve community acceptance of proposals. The Barker review advocates the use of pre-application discussions as a way to improve the efficiency of the process and the certainty of outcomes. So why aren't more planners doing this?

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