Making The Economic Case For Development

We work with landowners, site promoters, property developers, planners and local authorities to make the economic case for (or against) site allocations and planning permission.

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How We Can Help

We help to make the economic case for proposed new developments and for designations including site allocations. Our work shows how proposals will impact on the local economy and their potential to create jobs for local people, and demonstrated the need for a particular scheme and how it contributes to existing policy and strategy ambitions. The economic case we develop often helps to support an application for funding, planning permission, or other intervention.

We work with landowners, site promoters, property developers, planners and local authorities, and our expert services are often helpful in support of contentious schemes which do not conform to the development plan (either extant or emerging).

We apply a range of research and analysis tools to meet the needs of our clients, which tend to include:

  • Demonstrating the need for increased housing provision
  • Demonstrating an over/under supply of employment land
  • Demonstrating the economic benefits of development proposals

The Importance of a Strong Economic Case

Landowners, site promoters, property developers, planners and local authorities need to be able to characterise how development can sustain and enhance local, regional, and national economies, whilst also generating benefits to local communities, residents, and businesses. Delivering economic growth is a key priority for local authorities, and is a core objective of national planning policy across the UK. Having a strong economic justification for a project or development can be very helpful in demonstrating the beneficial impacts a development can bring about. This can also act as a counterweight to other potential adverse impacts.

Our Approach

We tailor our approach to a client’s specific needs. Our typical approach to making the economic case for development will include:

  • Demonstrating the strategic fit of a development and its contribution to existing policy and strategy ambitions.
  • Modelling of employment, wage, and GVA impacts across construction and operational phases. We can also model domestic local expenditure from workers, residents, and visitors, or look at the impact the development will have on public finances e.g. business rates.
  • Describing the impact on local economic growth as a result of the development. Development can contribute towards positively restructure an area’s sector profile; act as a catalyst for inward investment; and improve the quality of public realm.
  • Assessing social impacts on the local community, typically in terms of: skills and training opportunities for the local labour force; health needs and improved outcomes for local residents; alleviation of deprivation; and social cohesion and community integration.

Service Lead

Stuart Hardisty

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Projects

  • Wrexham Future Economic Development and Regeneration – City Status Bid

    Our work supported Wrexham’s successful bid for city status as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. We identified the opportunity for a range of potential benefits for Wrexham from gaining city status if it linked such an award to delivering more ambitious place shaping plans and investment strategies, connected to local attributes such as…

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  • Salisbury District Hospital Health, Education and Training Proposal – Economic Case

    HJA was appointed by the joint venture between Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust (SFT) and Salutem Developments to set out evidence of the need and demand for the proposed health, education, and training uses at the Salisbury District Hospital site.

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  • Residential-Led Land Promotion at Cottage Farm, Llantarnam

    HJA was instructed by Bron Afon to consider matters relating to employment land in Torfaen to enable understanding of the potential impacts of proposed development on land at Cottage Farm, Llantarnam, and support promotion of the site through the Torfaen Replacement LDP process.

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  • Wrexham Future Economic Development and Regeneration – City Status Bid

    Our work supported Wrexham’s successful bid for city status as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. We identified the opportunity for a range of potential benefits for Wrexham from gaining city status if it linked such an award to delivering more ambitious place shaping plans and investment strategies, connected to local attributes such as…

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  • Salisbury District Hospital Health, Education and Training Proposal – Economic Case

    HJA was appointed by the joint venture between Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust (SFT) and Salutem Developments to set out evidence of the need and demand for the proposed health, education, and training uses at the Salisbury District Hospital site.

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