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Policy planning

Atkins has experience of working with government, local authorities and developers to advise on local plan policies and to help develop strategic plans.

The planning system has undergone significant changes in recent years to help streamline the planning process. A move towards localism has seen the introduction of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the Draft National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG), while regional planning guidance has been removed.

why atkins?

Against this backdrop of shifting planning policy guidance and increasingly challenging timescales, Atkins has taken a leading role in helping local planning authorities to deliver their local plans.

We understand that local plans are crucial to promoting growth and ensuring sustainable development, and use these key principles to deliver viable policy frameworks.

Atkins recognises that planning can have a positive influence over various challenges including climate change, urbanisation, environmental protection, and social and economic sustainability.

We also work with private sector clients to help them understand how changes to the planning system may affect them. We make representations on emerging local plans to ensure that site allocations or specific policies reflect their commercial interests.

how can atkins help you?

We draw on a wide range of in-house expertise to carry out your local plan work including town planners, economists, GIS specialists, ecologists, heritage experts, sustainability experts and landscape architects.

Our involvement in the preparation of local plan documents includes: 

  • Specialist assessments essential to a robust evidence base, such as open space studies, housing and employment land assessments, and infrastructure assessments.
  • Population and demographic analysis
  • Viability assessment
  • Community consultation
  • Sustainability appraisals
  • Preparation of local plan documents including statements of community involvement, site specific allocations, proposals maps, area action plans (AAP), supplementary planning documents (SPD), minerals and waste development frameworks
  • Representations on local plans
  • Expert witness

For more information, please see our planning brochure.