Case Studies

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

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.

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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.

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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.

How we did it: Driving neighbourhood plan coverage

How we did it: Driving neighbourhood plan coverage

A Midlands county council team is providing effective support for neighbourhood plans, David Dewar finds.

How we did it: Hitting rogue landlords where it hurts

How we did it: Hitting rogue landlords where it hurts

A team in Barnet is using criminal law to clamp down on rogue landlords, reports David Dewar.

How we did it: Adopting a strategy to boost the waterside

How we did it: Adopting a strategy to boost the waterside

Reversing the loss of 'blue infrastructure' is key to Tower Hamlets' waterside strategy, says Adam Branson.

How we did it: Tackling health inequality via planning

How we did it: Tackling health inequality via planning

South Worcestershire Councils has responded to the call to improve public health, says Adam Branson.

How we did it: Increasing fee income by 69% in two years

How we did it: Increasing fee income by 69% in two years

Planning performance agreements helped drive one borough's fee growth up by 69 per cent in two years, says Adam Branson.

How we did it: Creating a new school in listed buildings

How we did it: Creating a new school in listed buildings

Preserving listed buildings' heritage was key to approval for a modern school and homes, says Mark Wilding.

Unresolved archaeological matters contribute to appeal dismissal

Two similar schemes for redevelopment of adjoining properties of townscape merit in the conservation area of a London Borough were dismissed by an inspector, in part due to an absence of archaeological and Scheduled Monument evaluations.

How we did it: Building homes on employment land

How we did it: Building homes on employment land

This north London scheme shows how industrial uses can be co-located alongside housing, notes David Dewar.

How we did it: Securing approval for an estate renewal

How we did it: Securing approval for an estate renewal

The trust behind plans to rebuild a south London estate rethought their approach from scratch. Colin Marrs reports.

How we did it: Creating a housing and industrial mix

How we did it: Creating a housing and industrial mix

Industrial and housing development work side by side on a north London scheme, says David Dewar.

How we did it: Producing a joint local plan in three years

How we did it: Producing a joint local plan in three years

Three Lincolnshire councils called in support to help prepare their joint plan, says Mark Wilding.

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