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Thursday 23 May 2019

How beneficial are Pre-Apps, Planning Performance Agreements &

Design Review Panels?

Venue: RICS, Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AD

Time; 7.45 - 10.15am

Pre-planning engagement, Planning Performance Agreements and Design Review Panels are now the norm for major residential planning applications. Their aim is to improve both the efficiency and effectiveness of the planning application system and improve the quality of planning applications and their likelihood of success. Their effectiveness however can vary from Authority to Authority or even within an Authority itself from case officer to case officer. 


Come and join us as our expert panel discuss:

  • How have we got to this point?

  • What are the key components of the processes?

  • Do they provide value for money?

  • Do they lead to a more informed decision being made?

  • What are the key concerns?


Cllr Paul Scott
LB Croydon
Paul is an architect with 30 years’ experience working predominantly on large projects on sensitive sites and social infrastructure projects.  He is a director at tp bennett LLP working mainly in their Health and Education Division.


For the last 17 years Paul has also been a Councillor in the London Borough of Croydon, representing Woodside Ward.  He has been a leading member of the planning committee in Croydon for the whole of that period, serving as Chair or Vice-Chair for 8 years.  He is currently the Cabinet Member responsible for Planning and Regeneration.  He has been influential in the development of Croydon’s Local Plan (adopted 2018), the introduction of Croydon’s Place Review Panel and the development of the borough’s Suburban Design Guide to support the intensification of the suburbs to accommodate significant levels of growth over the coming years.

Simon Owen
Simon is a Chartered Planner and Chartered Surveyor with extensive experience of planning consultancy and development management from leading property consultancies and developers.

He has consultancy expertise in residential and mixed use developments, with a particular interest in design and the implications of planning policy and standards on the architectural integrity of development proposals. He has a broad range of experience from working within the development industry including planning policy, legal, business development, and design, which provides clients with a detailed approach and perspective to planning and development consultancy.  

Jonathan Bainbridge

Jonathan is a chartered member of the RTPI with a track record of securing and delivering viable planning permissions in Central London and the south-east of England. Jonathan joined Bidwells’ London Planning team in June 2017 is heavily involved in a number of large-scale strategic instructions with a strong focus on urban regeneration and social infrastructure.


As part of his work, he is regularly at the interface with authorities and stakeholders of all kinds and has experience across office, residential, commercial and public sectors. Jonathan thrives from developing personal relationships with clients and stakeholders alike. He maintains a detailed understanding of constantly evolving policy and regulation and applies innovative approaches to collaboration to achieve results in the quickest timeframe possible.

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