An example of how a structured project management approach and the close collaboration with all stakeholders facilitated the speedy delivery of high-quality policies.
In under 3 years, Milton Keynes Council (assisted by AECOM) produced technical studies, adopted a new Local Plan and consulted on two related Supplementary Planning Documents. Delivery on a tight timescale was possible through a structured project management approach and collaboration with all stakeholders.
- Local authorities should adopt a structured project management approach for plan-making to deliver quality policies in a narrow timeframe.
- External consultants and internal assets working on plan-making should be integrated into a single team, to achieve the holistic and multidisciplinary approach needed to deliver truly sustainable outcomes.
- Constant collaboration and an open, two-way communication should be maintained with residents, businesses, politicians, and statutory consultees. Active consultation throughout the whole plan-making process, is crucial to secure the support needed for a speedy approval of the plan.
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Ian Tant MRTPI, 2019 RTPI President
Sue Percy CBE, chair of the judging panel and Chief Executive of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation