A planning performance agreement (PPA) is a project management tool that planning authorities and applicants can use together to agree timescales, actions and resources for handling planning applications. The agreement can cover all stages of the process from pre-application discussions through to determination of the planning application. A PPA can be particularly useful in setting out an efficient and transparent process for determining major and complex planning applications, providing increased certainty on timescales and responsibilities for all concerned.
PAS has prepared a model template and user guide for a PPA for shale gas and oil developments. The PPA template is available for Mineral Planning Authorities to adapt to their own circumstances and to use: