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The Planning Inspectorate has a specialist Procurement and Contracts Unit (PCU) based at its Bristol headquarters. As a centralised support function, PCU is responsible for procuring a wide and diverse range of commodities and services ensuring that all procurement activity undertaken follows best practice.

PCU seek to obtain best value for money. This means buying the items that best match our needs, having regard to a number of factors, which may include quality, service, delivery against price and whole life costs, including maintenance, running and disposal costs.

PCU is committed to making it as easy as possible for existing and potential suppliers to trade with the Inspectorate. We:

  • Aim to promote PCU as the primary point of focus for companies interested in doing business with the Agency.
  • Acquire goods and services via competition where appropriate.
  • Use a number of criteria when evaluating proposals  to ensure value for money from suppliers.
  • Always provide feedback to assist both successful and unsuccessful suppliers.
  • Always act with honesty and integrity.
  • Liaise closely with Department for Communities and Local Government and the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) – established to promote collaboration and improve procurement practices across Government.
  • Make extensive use of collaborative procurement.

Department for Communities and Local Government (external link)

About the Team

The Procurement team work collaboratively with the business and are the primary point of contact for companies interested in doing business with the Inspectorate.

Team members:

  • Tori Brunt MCIPS, Head of procurement 
  • Julie Oakes, Procurement Contracts Officer
  • Gemma Warren, Procurement Contracts Officer

General Contact details

Telephone:0117 372 8608

Terms and Conditions

Unless other terms have been referenced specifically in contract award, the General Conditions of Contract for Services (1-45) are attributed to contracts awarded by the Inspectorate.

Code of Good Practice

The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) has developed and published a Code of Good Customer Practice for use by all Government purchasing organisations as well as all Suppliers dealing with those organisations.

This guidance code will assist you in understanding how we work and how you can successfully work with us.

The Government Procurement Code of Good Practice (external link, pdf)