The general squeeze on local authority budgets, along with more specific cuts, will undoubtedly result in reduced consultancy budgets and more pressure on staff time. The quantitative and qualitative requirements of the planning system will, however, remain unchanged. Outsourcing is an option though for certain requirements which form defined products.
Directions Planning Consultancy offers an outsourcing service. We provide cost effective, comprehensive and knowledgeable assistance to aid local planning authorities in progressing the preparation of sound development plans.
We are able to prepare specific assessments and appraisals to form part of the evidence base.
The organisation of public consultation exercises and the processing of responses to consultation are examples of further specific tasks which we are able to undertake.
Alternatively, Directions Planning Consultancy can provide additional resources to help manage the process or provide additional support during particular stages such as Public Examinations.
Directions Planning Consultancy understands the requirements of the planning process having gained extensive experience from both a public and private sector perspective in the preparation of a number of Local Development Frameworks and Regional Spatial Strategies.
We have extensive experience in the planning process, including fulfilling statutory consultation requirements; processing representations; and preparing proofs of evidence and topic papers for Public Examination; as well as giving evidence.
We also have a proven track record in drafting, influencing and interpreting planning policy and proposals, including the rigorous testing of the presumption of soundness.