Planning Performance Agreements (PPAs) have been around for a number of years now so it is interesting to see that there has been a rise in their use in recent years.

PPAs are increasingly requested by local planning authorities for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects on the basis that whilst they are not the decision makers in these applications, they still have a time/resource intensive role to play in these applications. Promoters agree- experience generally being that if you want a local authority to engage and respond quickly, you have to pay them to do so.