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When considering the future development options for a surplus site, estate owners are encouraged to engage early with their local planning authority (LPA). This should link in to, and align with, existing dialogue with the LPA at a sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) level.

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There are lots of benefits to fostering a positive and collaborative strategic relationship with the LPA. These include:

  • Opportunity to align the Estates Strategy with the local plan to support delivery of shared objectives
  • Opportunity to secure funds via the planning system for important health infrastructure projects Securing Section 106 and community infrastructure levy funds – a guide
  • Opportunity to secure designated change of use by responding to LPA and regional planning authority ‘calls for sites’
  • Opportunity to maximise the potential disposal receipt by de-risking planning, if appropriate.