London Borough of Croydon

A planning performance agreement (PPA) is an agreement between the local planning authority and a potential applicant, to provide a project management framework for handling a development proposal.

Why sign up to a PPA?

The benefits of using this service are:

  • certainty of timescales for reaching a decision and having a specific planning committee date to work towards
  • a project-managed application process that includes a range of professionals involved in the determination of your application
  • the opportunity to discuss changes to applications as they arise
  • access to officers and consultees to enable constructive discussion on planning applications
  • named officer contact, so you can discuss your application when you need to.

PPA stages

There are three stages where a PPA may well be appropriate:

Pre-application stage

For complex schemes which will involve a number of pre-application meetings, our preferred option is to enter into a PPA which would include a dedicated planning officer for the project and the opportunity to discuss the scheme through a series of meetings to inform the development of the proposal.

Application stage

Determining major planning applications within the statutory 13 week timeframe while achieving the best use of the site and best outcome from the surrounding community can be complex and challenging for everyone involved. If a PPA is in place then this will allow a more bespoke project management approach to be taken to engagement, negotiation and determination of planning applications and allowing this process to sit outside of the 13 week statutory timeframe.

Where a planning application for a major development proposal is submitted without a PPA, it will be determined without the lengthy dialogue that normally takes place on such schemes. A PPA will help ensure a major application is processed to an agreed timetable with meetings to help overcome issues that arise during the application process.

Post Decision stage

The PPA process can be used to cover the planning work required post decision, including condition discharge applications and making amendments to the approval. 

If you are proposing a major application please contact us using the details below.


Nicola Townsend

Job Title: 
Planning Team Leader
0208 726 6000 ext: 62982

Ross Gentry

Job Title: 
Planning Team Leader
0208 726 6000 ext: 64307

Pete Smith

Job Title: 
Head of Planning
0208 726 6000 ext: 88726


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