Planning performance framework report 2018-19

This report highlights how we supported the delivery of better outcomes through the planning system in 2018-19.

A pencil illustration of a potential town centre with green spaces, safe pathways and housing.

Planning performance framework report 2018-19

How we support the planning system

This report includes mini case studies with feedback highlighting examples of how A&DS has supported the delivery of better outcomes through the planning system in 2018-19.

The report outlines that design impacts are evident in 100% of projects seen through our health and housing design advice services.

It also shows that feedback from our skills and capacity building networks remain consistently high, with over 90% of participants to our Local Authority Urban Design Forum in 2018-19 anticipating positive impacts on their practice.

Supporting the planning system

In the context of the planning system, we fulfil our purpose by providing advice on the extent to which plans, policies and development proposals will support successful places. As a key agency, we contribute to local development plans and other national and regional spatial plans.

A&DS is not a statutory consultee and do not determine planning applications or other development consents. Those who do so take account of our advice as they make decisions about development proposals on the basis of relevant plans and policies. In 2018-2019 we contributed to the planning system in the following ways:

  • Strategic/Development Planning: Place-Based Briefing, Place Standard, Town Centre Living, Making Places
  • Development Management: Pre-Application Design Advice; Rural Tourist Infrastructure Fund, Green Infrastructure in Social Housing
  • Support/Capacity Building: Local Authority Urban Design Forum, Public Sector Client Forum, Local Design Panels, Case Studies, Making Places, Key Agencies Group. 


Main illustration by Richard Carman