DAC Planning is leading a team in collaboration with Arup to provide the Local Plan Gateway Review programme on behalf of PAS and MHCLG. The programme is aimed at 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.
The Planning Advisory Service (PAS) and the Local Government Association (LGA) commissioned DAC Planning to research the interactions between Local Plan updates and Neighbourhood Plans in light of changes introduced in the National Planning Policy Framework (2019).
DAC Planning researched the impacts of Local Plan production on neighbourhood planning, local planning authority support for neighbourhood planning and site allocations in neighbourhood plans.
DAC Planning produced the report outlining key findings and recommendations, now available on the Local Government Association website. The report identifies further ways in which the LGA may be able to support local planning authorities in the future in effectively enabling the progression of neighbourhood plans alongside work on Local Plans.
The Planning Advisory Service (PAS) commissioned DAC Planning in conjunction with Citiesmode to produce renewed guidance, reflecting updated Regulations, the National Planning Policy Framework 2019 and Planning Practice Guidance, to assist local authorities in Local Plan production.
The renewed guidance support councils in effectively and efficiently developing sound, legally compliant Local Plans and to assist in ensuring that regulatory requirements are met. The guidance provides advice on addressing the new requirements to review Local Plans every five years and offers guidelines on the identification, assessment and management of risk factors, whilst also giving best practice 'top tips'.
After piloting with a range of Councils over summer 2019, the guidance and toolkit was published for use by local planning authorities countrywide. From Autumn 2019 DAC Planning has provided a targeted plan-making support programme to local planning authorities on behalf of PAS. Over the course of 2019 and 2020, DAC Planning has provided support to over 17 Councils in plan-making.
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. This guidance and toolkit replaces the PAS Soundness and Legal Compliance Checklists.