DAC Planning are excited to announce that we have been shortlisted for the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2022 in East of England, for the category of Small Planning Consultancy of the Year. This reflects our ongoing work and achievements in providing dedicated plan-making support throughout the country.
DAC Planning is delighted to have supported Wirral Council in producing the Wirral Local Plan Submission Draft for Publication. The Council formally approved the Plan for Publication and Submission for Independent Examination on 21 March 2022.
This marks a major milestone for the Council in the progression of the long-awaited Local Plan, which once adopted, will replace the Unitary Development Plan adopted in 2000.
The Local Plan incorporates ambitious and transformational regeneration plans for Birkenhead and other urban areas of the Borough, alongside the ongoing protection of the Green Belt and other valued environmental assets.
The DAC Planning team has played a key role in the progression of the Local Plan since summer 2020, and we look forward to continuing to work with the Council as the Plan progresses towards examination and adoption over the coming months.
Nutrient Neutrality Paper - March 2022
The impact of nitrates and phosphates on European Sites gained notoriety in 2019, with advice from Natural England causing disruption to planning applications and housing delivery across South Hampshire. Nearly 3 years on, Natural England has written to 42 LPAs, as well as the 32 LPAs already affected by nutrient pollution as of 16 March 2022, advising them of the need to carry out appropriate assessments to prevent and mitigate against further nutrient related damage to European Sites in unfavourable conditions.
DAC Planning has produced a briefing note covering the impacts of this development, explaining what nutrient neutrality is and why it is relevant, and the support available to affected catchment areas.
DAC Planning has extensive experience in policy writing, spatial strategy development, Duty to Cooperate and project management. We understand the importance of joint working and the identification of strategic mitigation approaches, in consultation and discussion with statutory bodies. For a discussion on how we can assist you at this time, please get in touch with us.
DAC Planning pride ourselves on our excellent customer service and professional approach when working with our clients.
Having previously received feedback that 100% of respondents were “Very Satisfied" with our service in June last year, we are delighted that we are able to continue this trend from our most recent customer survey.
Newsletter December 2021
Its been a busy year here at DAC Planning, and we are very proud to share with you a round up of projects and company updates in our December 2021 Newsletter.
DAC Planning wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and look forward to working with you in 2022.
DAC Planning in collaboration with Arup are pleased to announce that they will be working with Planning Advisory Service (PAS) to provide Local Plan Project Management Support to over 20 local authorities in England.
DAC Planning with Arup will be working with NJL Solutions Ltd, KJM Planning and Management Ltd and CITIESMODE Planning
Read about it all in our press release
The Salings Neighbourhood Plan 2019-2034 was made on 11th October 2021 by Braintree District Council. DAC Planning supported the Salings Neighbourhood Plan group with the production of the Local Landscape Protection Zone document to manage impacts from proposed growth on the Salings.
DAC Planning produced Basic Conditions Statement for Ingatestone and Fryerning, and Feering Parish Councils in preparation for the submission of their Draft Neighbourhood Plans.
We are also providing ongoing support for the review of the Hatfield Peverel Neighbourhood Plan and the production of the Ramsden Bellhouse Neighbourhood Plan.
It's an exciting time here at DAC Planning. We have been in our new offices almost a month and settling in nicely, and are delighted to announce the addition of two new recent hires to the DAC Planning team.
Toby graduated from the University of Reading with a 2:1 in Real Estate at the University of Reading, with a specialism in Planning and Development in 2020. He is currently studying Planning and Development (MSc) at Queen’s University Belfast.
Toby has developed a wide range of transferable skills during his studies and time as an intern which include data analysis, desk-based research, policy analysis, reporting and presentation skills.
Toby’s role at DAC Planning involves researching and monitoring a range of national policy and regulatory matters, preparing topic papers and assisting the team on a range of tasks using his analytical and research skills as well as his expertise in Word and Excel.
Nicola is an experienced Office Manager having over 15 years’ experience in Office Management, Human Resources and Administrative Support.
Nicola assists in managing the day to day running of businesses, helping implement new office procedures, whilst helping to maintain a positive and proactive working environment.
Nicola has joined DAC Planning at an exciting time as the team grows and will play a key role in ensuring the smooth running of all administration functions within the business and support the team in all their activities.
Planning reforms have been a cause of uncertainty for many involved in plan-making. The Planning for the Future White Paper brought forward several proposals that aimed to shake-up the planning system. The actual form of these proposals and the timeline for their delivery has not been confirmed after over a year of debate.
DAC Planning have produced a briefing paper and presentation that aims to provide an overview and timeline of the latest events and discussion around the Planning Bill and planning reform. This paper will continue to be updated as developments arise.
DAC Planning has moved into the Innovation Centre in Colchester, Essex. We are excited to take on this new step towards hybrid working as the company expands.
We are pleased to share that DAC Planning Associate Nicki Faulkner will be speaking at the CIL & s106 Masterclass on 13th October 2021 hosted by the Waterfront Conference Company.
DAC Planning is delighted to announce the promotion of Charlotte Steele to the position of Planner.
Charlotte has been working with us for a year on various Local Plan, infrastructure and Neighbourhood Plan projects.
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.