Planning Performance Agreements


A Planning Performance Agreement (PPA) brings people together to agree the best way to take a development proposal through the planning process.

Each one has a dedicated project officer and allow us to:

  • Come up with a project plan for your proposal from pre-application stage through to decision
  • Give you clear and constructive advice before you apply
  • Go through proposal in more depth at various meetings
  • Get Councillors involved from the start
  • Improve the quality of all the major applications that we get
  • Take a more bespoke approach when engaging and negotiating with you
  • Work outside the standard 13 week timeframe if we need to

    The project plan

    A PPA is a voluntary agreement between us and you. Each one has a project plan with two phases.

    Pre application phase

    We'll confirm the dates of any meetings with you; agree what we need to talk about and lists of attendees. This'll help us to deal with any problems with your application before you make it.

    It's important that we think about and deal with as many problems as possible at this stage, so there are no delays with your application later on. This way we can stick to the agreed timetable.

    Application phase

    We'll set out the agreed timetable and structure for how we'll make a decision on your application.

    We think they get the best outcomes for everyone and strongly encourage their use.

    Why sign up to a PPA?

    There are many benefits to having a PPA, including having:

    • A named contact, so you can discuss your application when you need to
    • Key issues identified early on
    • More realistic, predictable and reliable timetables
    • Better accountability and transparency
    • Time dedicated solely to your project

    Download our PPA Template

    Conditions

    We also offer PPA's to discharge up to 10 conditions on an existing application.

    When deciding which conditions you'd like to include in your PPA, bear in mind we can't split them up again. This means we can only approve all the conditions when they're all ready, so it might be better to split them up and make separate applications.

    If you're not sure speak to us so we can deal with any problems with your application before you make it.

    Download our PPA for Conditions Template

    Will my application get approved?

    A PPA gives you the best possible chance of having your application approved, but there are no guarantees.

    Fees

    The cost depends on the size of the development or the number of conditions being applied for.

    For extra large developments, we'd recommend you have a formal design review as part of your agreement.

    You'll pay the Design Review Panel separately for this later on. For more information about them speak to your case officer.

    All fees include VAT.

    For developments
    SizeUnits Commercial Floor SpaceMeetings Member BriefingsCost
    Small Under 50 Up to 2,500 square metres Up to 2 0 £3,500
    Medium 50 - 99 2,500 - 4,999 square metres Up to 3 Up to 1 £5,000
    Large 100 - 249 5,000 - 9,999 square metres Up to 4 Up to 1 £7,500
    Extra large Over 250 Over 10,000 square metres Up to 4 Up to 2 £10,000
    Extra large with formal design review Over 250 Over 10,000 square metres Up to 4 Up to 2 £10,000.
    The formal design review is paid seperately
    For conditions
    Number of conditionsCost
    1 - 5 £750
    6 - 10 £1,000

    Apply and pay

    Apply online

    Use our online form to apply for a PPA online.

    Apply for a planning performance agreement

    Alternate ways of applying

    You can write to:

    Planning Technical Officer
    Planning
    Maidstone House
    King Street
    Maidstone
    ME15 6JQ

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