Parameter Plans – back to basics

Following the government’s drive to streamline the planning process, outline planning applications are back in favour and so too are parameter plans.

In many ways, parameter plans encourage a return to ‘proper planning’. The design of a proposed development is informed by an evidence base, rather than retrofitting technical studies to a design.

On a recent scheme in Sussex, Plainview Planning recommended a ‘parameter plan’ approach for an outline planning application for a Distribution Centre on the M23. Before any design work was undertaken, preliminary¬†ecological, topographical, flood, arboricultual, traffic and landscape reports were sought that informed the ‘parameters’ of the development area. This in turn allowed indicative site layouts to be designed that responded to the site parameters.

This approach minimises delays, gets the project team together early, but most importantly results in better developments.

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