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Planning performance agreements

Hackney receives a number of significant major development schemes in the borough. These are often complex due to issues such as design, height and density, particularly if the proposal is in or close to an area of special character. Often many of these schemes also involve complex discussions around scheme viability.

To ensure that the schemes are of the highest quality and deliver the best planning outcomes for Hackney, we can work with developers and applicants from project inception, to planning decisions being determined and all associated conditions discharged. This can be particularly beneficial in speeding up and minimizing risks associated with the planning process. This partnership working takes the form of the applicant and the Council entering into a planning performance agreement (PPA).

Timetable for processing a major planning application

A PPA sets a timetable for processing a major planning application, including key milestones for pre-application advice, submission of application, determination and discharge of conditions.


The cost of this service is set out in the table below, fees are based on the anticipated officer hours to meet the milestones set out in the agreed PPA timetable, along with any specific meetings to progress the application as part of the agreement (for example: major sites review, pre-app sub-committee and review by the Design Review Panel).

Category of development


Category 1: up to 150 residential units and/or up to 10,000 sqm of non-residential floorspace. £14,520
Category 2: 150 to 400 Units and/or up to 50,000sqm of non residential floorspace. £25,200
Category 3: Post Planning PPA – for discharge of conditions, s106/CIL matters, non material and minor material amendments. £426 per specialist condition


£192 per non specialist condition


£426 per NMA


£TBC bespoke fee for MNA depending on complexity

Category 4: Bespoke PPA – for large scale, complex developments requiring significant resources, or for special projects that do not fit into any of the above categories. £TBC on a case by case basis

Submit schemes as soon as you can

To take advantage of the PPA service, developers are encouraged to submit indicative schemes at the earliest opportunity, along with a draft timetable. We will then prepare a formal agreement to be signed which includes a detailed program for the planning process and confirmation of the associated fee.

Please note

Whilst a PPA will help to ensure a major application is processed to an agreed timetable, with meetings to help overcome issues that arise during the application process, it does not prejudice the outcome of a planning application or guarantee planning permission.

Page updated on: 20 January 2020