Planning policy and evidence

Planning policy and evidence

In response to the NPPF, each local planning authority should ensure that the local plan is based on adequate up-to-date and relevant evidence about the economic, social and environmental characteristics and prospects of the area. Local planning authorities should ensure that their assessment of, and strategies for, housing, employment and other uses are integrated, and that they take full account of relevant market and economic signals [paragraph 158].

Much of this evidence base is outsourced to consultants and PBA Planning is recognised as a leader in this specialised area. Having this wealth of knowledge and data also helps us provide an informed and enhanced offer to our development management clients.

We have a wide range of experience in-house to deliver policy and evidence based projects, including communication, analytical and communication skills, along with an in depth understanding of the detailed numbers and data behind the strategic outcomes.

We undertake and provide advice on policy and evidence relating to a range of land uses as follows:


  • Strategic Housing Market Assessments (SHMAs)
  • Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessments (SHLAAs)


  • Employment Development Needs Assessments (EDNAs)
  • Employment Land Availability Assessments (ELAAs)
  • Retails Needs Assessments

Green Belt

  • Infrastructure Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
  • Development Infrastructure Funding Studies (DIFs)


  • Whole plan viability testing


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Key people

Cristina Howick

Cristina Howick

Partner – Planning

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