Planning Policy Reports

What is a Planning Policy Report?

A Planning Policy Report provides an assessment of all the planning policies and objectives that are relevant to a particular development proposal. It includes an assessment of national and regional policies and objectives, as well as the specific requirements of the planning authority.

When is a Planning Policy Report Required?

A Planning Policy Report can be used in a number of ways, most commonly to support a particular planning application or appeal. They are included in Environmental Impact Statements and Retail Impact Statements and often are lodged with a planning application as supporting documentation.

What does a Planning Policy Report Comprise?

A Planning Policy Report comprises a full and detailed review and assessment of all policies and objectives that may be relevant to a particular development proposal. These could relate to national government policies and guidelines; international protocols and commitments; regional policies and guidelines; planning authority objectives, standards and requirements; and the policies of other statutory authorities. The Report assesses the proposed development in the context of these policies and objectives.

Why is a Planning Policy Report Important?

It is important to clearly demonstrate that a particular development proposal is in accordance with all relevant policies and objectives at all levels and, in particular, the proposals are not contrary to such policies and objectives.

What is the Benefit of Using a Planning Consultant to Prepare a Planning Policy Report?

Planning decisions require taking account of a wide range of policies and objectives, not only those of the planning authority, but also national and regional policies and other guidelines. The preparation of a Planning Policy Report requires an in depth knowledge of planning and related policy documents, particularly national and regional guidelines, as well as the policies and objectives of individual planning authorities and other bodies. Experienced planners have a good working knowledge of all the relevant policies, objective and guidelines.

How long will it take to prepare a Planning Policy Report?

The preparation of a Planning Policy Report for a particular development proposal can be undertaken at the initial stages of design or at the final design stage. It can be done to assess the principle of development as well as the details of the development. The length of time to prepare a Report will depend on the level of detail required. Nevertheless, McCarthy Keville O’Sullivan can prepare a Planning Policy Report to an agreed timescale to fit in with the client’s deadlines.

How much will a Planning Policy Report Cost?

Every Planning Policy Report is different, depending on the nature, location and scale of the development proposal and the level of detail required. The Report may also require a visit to the development site or the planning authority offices. McCarthy Keville O’Sullivan can prepare a competitive fee proposal for a Planning Policy Report to meet your specific requirements. can help to show how the specific development is in line with any relevant policies and objectives.

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