Customer Satisfaction Survey
In a recent survey 100% of respondents were “Very Satisfied” with the service we provided, and all respondents would recommend DAC Planning.
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Researching the interactions between local plan making and neighbourhood plans.
The Planning Advisory Service (PAS) on behalf of the Local Government Association (LGA) commissioned DAC Planning to research the interactions between local plan making and neighbourhood plan making.
Based on interviews and questionnaires carried out with planning officers from a range of LPAs across the country, and a desk-based review of recent local plan and neighbourhood plan independent examinations, DAC Planning provides a series of recommendations for supporting neighbourhood planning and managing the implications of local plan updates.
Read our findings and recommendations on the Local Government Association Website.
DAC Planning is delighted to announce the expansion of the business through the following appointments:
- Nicki Faulkner has been appointed to the role of Associate. As part of her role Nicki will be working to support a wide range of authorities with Local Plan production and implementation. Nicki has particular expertise in infrastructure planning and the Community Infrastructure Levy. She joins from Arun District Council in West Sussex where she worked as Principal Planner.
- Tim Parton has been promoted to the role of Associate Director. Since joining DAC Planning in 2017 Tim has been supporting a wide range of local authorities and local communities in the production of Local Plans and Neighbourhood Plans. Over the last two years Tim has formed a key part of the team helping local authorities to navigate local plan production on behalf of the Planning Advisory Service.
Examination hearings for the Castle Point Local Plan are scheduled for May and June 2021. The Examination hearing sessions are being held virtually, and both archived and live sessions can be accessed online.
The New Castle Point Local Plan 2018-2033 was submitted to the Secretary of State on 2 October 2020 for Examination. DAC Planning has supported the progression of the Local Plan since 2018 and will provide support during the Examination hearings.
DAC Planning, in collaboration with ARUP is excited to announce that it is working with the Planning Advisory Service (PAS) to deliver part of PAS’s support programme helping local planning authorities in getting up-to-date plans in place by the Government’s deadline of December 2023.
The Gateway Review output will include a short, focused Advice Note that will enable local authorities to take an informed decision on the most efficient and effective course of action for the immediate future of the local plan, identify where further support is needed and create a dialogue for officers and members about keeping the plan ‘on-track’. To date the team has provided Gateway Reviews to nearly 60 Councils.
The Planning Advisory Service will be using the learning from our work to produce advice on the Gateway Review so that all local authorities will be able to undertake their own diagnostic. This
resource will be published and made available on the PAS website.
Since 2018 DAC Planning has supported the Coggeshall Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group in the production of their Neighbourhood Plan.
We are very pleased to announce that the Coggeshall Neighbourhood Plan was passed at referendum on Thursday 6th May 2021 with 1507 votes in favour and 174 votes against. This represents the third Neighbourhood Plan to pass at referendum in Braintree District Council with the support of DAC Planning.
Ingatestone and Fryerning Parish Council undertook Regulation 14 on their Draft Neighbourhood Plan from September to October 2020. DAC Planning has been providing neighbourhood planning support on the production and progression of the Plan since 2019, and helped produce the consultation statement.
We are also supporting Feering Parish Council in preparation for the submission of their Draft Neighbourhood Plan.
DAC Planning has been working with Cressing Parish Council since March 2017 to support the production of the Cressing Parish Neighbourhood Plan. The Plan was passed at a referendum held on Thursday 6th February 2020 with 513 votes in favour and 30 against.
Nuneaton and Bedworth BC have recently published for consultation a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Draft Charging Schedule. DAC Planning have been supporting the Council in producing the CIL Charging Schedule and associated evidence since 2019. Further details are available on the Council website.
On 6th August, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) published its proposals for planning reform in the White Paper Planning for the Future. Read DAC Planning's summary of the proposed changes here.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of a new member to DAC Planning. Charlotte Steele will be joining the team as a Graduate Planner.
DAC Planning has been commissioned by Wirral Council to provide critical friend support for the production of their emerging Local Plan.
DAC Planning and Arup have been commissioned by the Council to produce an update to the Infrastructure Delivery Plan. This will then underpin the finalisation of the Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule.
The PAS Local Plan Route Mapper and Toolkit is now published on the PAS website and is free to use for local planning authorities across the country. The new guidance reflects updated Regulations, the National Planning Policy Framework 2019 and Planning Practice Guidance to:
We are now providing a programme of direct plan-making support to a range of local planning authorities nationally on behalf of PAS. To date support has been provided to: Central Lincolnshire authorities, Canterbury City Council, Torbay Council, Salford City Council, Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Borough Council, Middlesbrough Council, Amber Valley Borough Council, Rother District Council, Chichester District Council, and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
DAC Planning is providing critical friend advice and support to the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning service for the production of the Greater Cambridge Local Plan. The Plan will cover the administrative areas of Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District. An Issues and Options consultation is due to take place later in 2019.
On 22nd July Braintree District Council agreed that the Bradwell with Pattiswick Neighbourhood Plan should be “made” under section 38A(4) of the 2004 Act. This follows the successful referendum held in June where 93% of votes were cast in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan, and means that the Neighbourhood Plan is now adopted by the Council and forms part of the statutory development plan.
We are very pleased to have successfully supported the production of this Neighbourhood Plan.