Helping our planning clients adapt to virtual ways of working
June 22, 2020
June 22, 2020
Jane Hirst, Planning Director, explores how you can get the most out of your online planning meetings
Earlier this year the UK Government revised the regulations around public consultations to ensure that Local Authorities can continue to make transparent and effective decisions on planning applications during the pandemic.
Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) have had to adapt their ways of working to keep the planning system moving during lockdown, and so our advice to clients through all stages of the planning process has evolved in response.
At Stantec, we have been working closely with our clients to overcome the challenges and maximise the opportunities of hosting stakeholder consultations and planning committee meetings virtually, to ensure that we can keep their projects moving forward during this unprecedented time.
As you would expect, our planning experts have received many enquiries for guidance on the latest planning reforms and how to ensure ‘business as usual’ planning in light of COVID-19. Many are also wondering whether it is now the right time to submit a planning application.
We are proud to be supporting applications, designing and building communities that will provide a much needed economic and cultural boost both during and post the COVID-19 pandemic. In recent weeks we have helped our clients navigate the challenges of lockdown on a number of major planning projects, including gaining planning permission for a new affordable housing development in Westminster, and have successfully supported a major planning application for the third largest entertainment complex in the UK.
Here are our top five tips for getting the most out of online planning meetings.