Town planning

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.

Throughout 2021 the NHSPS town planning team supported...

469

sites requiring planning assistance

78

planning applications and pre-apps submitted

1,183

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.

Your guide to town planning and the NHS estates

Tapping into the town planning system for the NHS

From planning applications to enable redevelopment, to new funding routes via developer contributions, to protecting NHS interests in wider planning policy – how can the NHS better use the town planning system to optimise and future proof its estate?

Read our guide to explore how the NHSPS town planning team can support you. 

Read our guide

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Hear from our expert team on how they can support you.

Watch a recording of our webinar to learn how the NHSPS town planning team - the only dedicated and professional town planning team in the NHS - can support the NHS estate. 

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

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