Quod understands the constraints imposed by strategic views (foreground and background), listed buildings and conservation areas when planning for tall buildings.
It is important to consider the involvement of central government in the decision making of London planning authorities, particularly where the Mayor of London / GLA has the potential to get involved. We have been involved in a significant number successes related to referrable schemes and call-ins.
Quod are fully aware of the challenge of accommodating energy and sustainability infrastructure to meet London Plan targets for net zero carbon and biodiversity net gain alongside highly ambitious targets for children’s play space, particularly in schemes of density.
Quod are experts in Housing Advisory and balancing the delivery of affordable housing with the potential to follow the GLA’s fast track route and the need to ensure schemes remain viable and deliverable, with specialist input from our Development Economics team. Our teams understand the need to demonstrate that the type and mix of any housing proposed will contribute to meeting local needs, and the opportunity to use this to obtain both local and mayoral support for the height, density and mix of uses proposed.
We are acutely aware of the importance of securing sufficient flexibility for schemes that will be delivered over a long period whilst also providing sufficient certainty to meet design quality requirements in policy and assessment requirements in EIA. We are also experienced in managing the negotiation of planning conditions and Section 106 obligations with the local planning authority, Mayor of London and Transport for London to a reasonable and proportionate level.
Quod believes that a good working relationship with planning authorities, stakeholders and the community is essential in order to build trust and consensus. However, in certain circumstances it may be necessary to work with the Mayor of London to unlock complex major sites. Quod has successfully used its relationship with the Mayor on multiple schemes, effectively demonstrating the need to look at the proposals strategically across borough boundaries.