Case Studies

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

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.

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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.

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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.

How we did it: Securing mixed uses on an industrial site

How we did it: Securing mixed uses on an industrial site

The approval of a scheme on industrial land in Brent will herald new homes as well as employment premises, says Colin Marrs.

Best interests of children weigh in favour of green belt gypsy site

In a re-determined appeal an inspector granted planning permission for two permanent residential gypsy pitches and six transit pitches in the Cheshire green belt countryside.

No-pets policy would not adversely affect elderly residents' wellbeing

An outline proposal for a mixture of 50 retirement apartments and bungalows in open countryside on the edge of a village in Kent was approved contrary to the adopted development plan, the benefits of the scheme deemed to be material enough to grant permission.

How we did it: Using a viability review tool to secure affordable homes

How we did it: Using a viability review tool to secure affordable homes

A viability review mechanism was used to agree an affordable homes delivery process for a major scheme in York.

How we did it: Accommodating a city's housing overspill

How we did it: Accommodating a city's housing overspill

How an Oxfordshire district became the first in the county to help Oxford with unmet need. By Mark Wilding.

How we did it: Aligning plans to manage homes growth

How we did it: Aligning plans to manage homes growth

Two councils in the East of England dovetailed local plans to manage a strong growth agenda, Colin Marrs reports.

How we did it: Approving homes via a neighbourhood order

How we did it: Approving homes via a neighbourhood order

A village community group used a pioneering process to grant permission on a key site, says Colin Marrs.

How we did it: Planning 7,000 homes in the green belt

How we did it: Planning 7,000 homes in the green belt

How Coventry City Council won support for potentially controversial allocations. By Mark Wilding.

How we did it: Producing a site appraisal software tool

How we did it: Producing a site appraisal software tool

Data analysis and design skills went into creating a digital tool to assess a London site's potential, Adam Branson explains.

How we did it: Letting officers pick their own cases

How we did it: Letting officers pick their own cases

Camden has given its development management team more autonomy, says Mark Wilding.

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