Planning performance agreements
Planning performance agreements

The following Planning guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Planning performance agreements
  • What is a planning performance agreement?
  • Benefits of entering into a PPA
  • When to use a PPA
  • Form and content
  • Effect of a PPA

What is a planning performance agreement?

Planning performance agreements (PPA) are optional memorandum of understanding or agreements between an applicant for planning permission, local planning authority (LPA) and other interested parties as to the timescales, actions and resources to be employed for a specific planning application.

PPAs are usually entered into before submitting an application and can cover all stages of the planning application process. While they tend to focus on the pre-application and application stages, they can also cover the post-application stage (governing how reserved matters or approvals of details will be handled).

Planning performance agreements can take the form of a simple memorandum of understanding, or they can be made under section 111 of the Local Government Act 1972 (see Q&A: What is a section 111 agreement?).

Benefits of entering into a PPA

PPAs are considered a useful project management tool as they: