As the only dedicated and professional town planning team in the NHS, we offer specialist town planning advice for our customers and the wider NHS. This includes supporting planning appraisals and applications, protecting NHS rights to our buildings, and monitoring and responding to emerging planning policies.

We help our customers make informed decisions about their estates on behalf of their local communities, getting the most from their estate so that it can enable excellent patient care now and in the future.

So far in 2020, there have been...

Image showing 184: sites requiring planning assistance

184

sites requiring planning assistance

Image showing 40: planning applications and pre-apps submitted

40

planning applications and pre-apps submitted

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500

planning policy consultations reviewed

Town planning and the NHS Property Services estate

We navigate and influence the town planning system to maximise a site’s value or future potential for development. This can be done via planning appraisals and applications to enable redevelopments or maximise a site’s value before sale. Beyond planning applications, we protect NHS rights to our buildings through strategic site promotion (e.g. brownfield land registers) or negotiating assets of community value nominations and listed building processes.

Through strong partnerships with our customers we can create practical, tailored and innovative solutions, using and influencing the town planning system to ensure NHS interests are protected.

Town planning and the wider NHS estate

Beyond individual sites, we monitor and respond to emerging town and country planning policy documents and advise on town planning matters for the wider NHS. For example, we coordinated the combined NHS response to the new London Plan in 2019, ensuring healthcare provision was a priority to support the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan.

We regularly publish guidance notes and resources for our customers explaining recent policy changes and what they might mean for the NHS estate.

How will recent town planning policy changes impact the NHS estate?

There have been significant changes to both The Town and Country Planning General Permitted Development and Use Classes Order, coming into effect in August and September 2020. This will have far reaching implications for how the NHS interacts with the town planning system.

Read our guidance note

Case study: securing a new form of planning permission to boost a site’s value

When selling a surplus clinic in Bradford we identified the best way to increase the site’s value would be to secure planning permission. Using a new route for planning – Permission in Principle – we secured permission in less time and cost than other routes, enabling our Disposals team to take the site to market as a lower risk purchase.

Read the case study

Want to know more?

To find out more about our Property Strategy team and how we can help you, contact our Customer Support Centre.

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