Effective management of planning applications requires a dual focus. On one hand collaboration and the use of a positive approach to problem solving should run through the whole process to help you achieve high quality development. On the other, project management to ensure compliance with the legislative requirements and making sure that the application is determined is the shortest necessary time  enhances the reputation of the local authority and the planning system as a whole.

This set of support materials has been written to provide good practice examples and technical advice to help officers achieve both goals.