The ATLAS Guide was created by the Advisory Team for Large Applications to provide advice and information to all those involved in the evolution and appraisal of proposals for large scale development through the planning process.
Given the Government’s focus on the delivery of housing and sustainable development, the advice was most relevant to large scale residential / mixed use proposals, although much of the information was also applicable to other more commercial or infrastructure projects.
The information was based upon the research of good practice and experience that ATLAS had gained from its project work on major projects. It was first published online as a web based resource in 2007 and was regularly updated online.
The ATLAS Guide addressed two key aspects:
- An overall step-by-step process to take forward large development projects based upon a series of key stages; and
- More focussed advice in relation to a number of key topic areas that may need to be addressed to enable projects to come to a successful outcome.
This Guide was flexible enough to be applicable across a variety of different projects, at different stages and with different anticipated outcomes. Stakeholders using the information contained in the GUIDE therefore needed to focus attention towards those areas of the process that relate to the status of their project, or the issues that they may be facing.
The information was not intended to be prescriptive or final, and will be updated as further ‘good practice’ becomes available.
The ATLAS Guide was archived in 2017, but a downloadable version of the material is available to download here.