Case Studies

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

How We Did It: Cutting planning service costs by a third

How We Did It: Cutting planning service costs by a third

Wycombe District Council has reduced the annual cost of its planning service by £500,000 without cutting jobs, Mark Wilding reports.

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How we did it: Developing a digital tool to deal with planning enquiries

How we did it: Developing a digital tool to deal with planning enquiries

A digital tool that aims to answer applicants' planning queries before they submit their plans is already saving officers' time, writes Colin Marrs.

How we did it: Securing permission for a new town

How we did it: Securing permission for a new town

An unusual three-stage application has been key to securing permission for the 6,500-home town, writes Colin Marrs.

How we did it: Producing a joint plan for a protected landscape

How we did it: Producing a joint plan for a protected landscape

How two councils drew up the first jointly produced plan for an area of outstanding natural beauty. By Colin Marrs.

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How we did it: Achieving biodiversity and 40% social housing

How we did it: Achieving biodiversity and 40% social housing

Oxford City Council and developer Grosvenor promise biodiversity net gain and 40 per cent social homes at Barton Park, reports Colin Marrs.

How we did it: Consulting on strategic sites quickly and cheaply

How we did it: Consulting on strategic sites quickly and cheaply

Bringing together site promoters and local residents was key to East Hampshire District Council's speedy large sites consultation, writes Mark Wilding.

How we did it: Involving lots of locals in Lakes plan-making

How we did it: Involving lots of locals in Lakes plan-making

Seven per cent of Lake District residents responded to the park authority's draft local plan. Colin Marrs finds out why.

How we did it: Producing design advice to create denser suburbs

How we did it: Producing design advice to create denser suburbs

Croydon has produced a supplementary planning document to provide design guidance for the borough's residential intensification. Colin Marrs reports.

How we did it: Winning consent for a 1,000-capacity mosque

How we did it: Winning consent for a 1,000-capacity mosque

Early dialogue and quality design helped to overcome challenges to approval for this mosque in Cambridge, writes Colin Marrs.

How we used a neighbourhood plan to make schemes deliver net green benefits

How we used a neighbourhood plan to make schemes deliver net green benefits

Pioneering environmental approaches are at the heart of a plan for Lewes in the South Downs National Park, writes Colin Marrs.

How we did it: Consent for high density senior living

How we did it: Consent for high density senior living

Key site constraints had to be overcome for an extra-care scheme in Harpenden to win approval on appeal, Colin Marrs reports.

How we did it: Creating new role to protect local heritage

How we did it: Creating new role to protect local heritage

Adopting a more proactive role in protecting heritage led Sefton Council to create a new post to take on the task, Mark Wilding reports.

How we did it: Creating and running a planning academy

How we did it: Creating and running a planning academy

Planning recruitment difficulties prompted Central Bedfordshire Council to provide its own in-house training, writes Colin Marrs.

How we did it: Winning £102 million from the government's Housing Infrastructure Fund

How we did it: Winning £102 million from the government's Housing Infrastructure Fund

A new garden community project in Cumbria was boosted after a successful bid for government funding towards a key link road, reports Colin Marrs.

How we did it: Gaining consent for port expansion

How we did it: Gaining consent for port expansion

A port expansion in Essex has secured approval after green belt, heritage and ecological concerns were resolved, says Colin Marrs.

How we did it: Finding new planners at local universities

How we did it: Finding new planners at local universities

A scheme to tap into local university graduates has helped to secure new planners in Birmingham, Colin Marrs reports.

Floating shed found not to constitute a building

The retention of a floating boat repair shed on the Thames in Berkshire has been allowed following an inspector's ruling that it does not legally constitute a building.

How we did it: Neighbourhood planning in the inner city

How we did it: Neighbourhood planning in the inner city

A neighbourhood plan in a Leeds suburb is aiming to encourage development and revive the local centre, Mark Wilding reports.

How we did it: Designing out crime in estate revamp

How we did it: Designing out crime in estate revamp

Crime has plummeted on a London housing estate after security features were agreed in the design process, says Colin Marrs.