ADAS Land is flexible in its approach. We are interested in working with the owners of sites with immediate potential as well as land that has more long-term strategic opportunities.

All local authorities must produce a local plan document that outlines their planning policy pertaining to all development types. As well as specifying a broad planning policy, the document should also include, in most cases, details of sites that have been allocated for future development. Sites are allocated for a range of uses, including residential development, which is important, as it shows that, in principle, the local authority accepts the development of a site. Once a local plan is adopted, all planning applications will be judged against it. Progressing applications for homes on land that is not allocated will be considered as in conflict with the policy and should, therefore, be refused.

Engaging with a local authority throughout its plan-making process is invaluable, as it is an opportunity to convince them that land is not only suitable for development but also available and deliverable during the plan’s period. The more detail that an application can provide throughout this process, the greater the chances of successfully allocation. Consequently, ADAS Land conducts a scope of detailed work. Much of our work goes far beyond what the local authority requests. We do this to build a compelling case for development and to maximise the chance of a site being allocated for development.

Working to ensure success

Although promoting a site through a local plan is a reasonable route to achieve a development, the process can take several years to complete. Most plans undergo several revisions before they can be adopted formally, so the process can take up to five years. However, in some cases, there is an opportunity to progress sites before the formal plan process.

All local authorities must demonstrate that they have an adequate supply of residential development land to meet their predicted future housing requirements. Accordingly, they are obligated to prove a five-year rolling supply. In areas where the authority cannot demonstrate a sufficient supply of housing land, their local policies relating to delivering housing are out of date. In such a scenario, any submitted planning applications should no longer be assessed against the policies in the local plan; rather, they should be assessed following the National Planning Policy Framework. The framework specifies a presumption in favour of sustainable development. Consequently, when we judge a site to meet all the necessary sustainability criteria, we readily progress a planning application in advance of the local plan. Nevertheless, we are not seeking to circumvent the views of local people; instead, we engage meaningfully with communities, thereby enabling them to help shape local developments.

What we do

ADAS Land is part of the RSK Group of companies

RSK Group is a leading integrated environmental, engineering and technical services business offering bespoke end-to-end solutions to a variety of sectors. Headquartered in the UK but with an established presence throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, RSK helps organisations around the world achieve their business aspirations in a sustainable and efficient manner.