We are a specialist planning consultancy offering expert: planning application, land, property, and development advice throughout the UK.Find out more
We offer the full range of planning application services and are experienced in dealing with planning and development matters involving all types of major and minor planning applications.Find out more
We provide planning services and strategic development advice to assist private developers, commercial businesses, land owners, householders, funds, investors, and other large organisations..Find out more
We pride ourselves on our integrity and attention to detail, and our ability to deliver tactically astute advice, and cost-effective and high quality bespoke solutions to a broad range of clients.
Our extensive experience allows us to advise in relation to the full remit of town and country planning matters and to deal with a range of projects from large scale development projects through medium sized development schemes, to smaller scale planning matters, undertaking research and preparing planning strategies.
We aim to build strong and positive relationships with our clients, and take a personal approach to ensuring that they achieve their development objectives.
We lead the way by reacting to the continuing sea change in planning policy and legislation that guides planning decisions, and importantly; we understand how other parties can influence the planning process. The planning process is the subject of demands, frequently competing, and from many different parties – planning officers, statutory consultees, politicians, and communities.
We offer a perceptive and insightful approach to managing these interests, in seeking to meet client objectives, and to secure consents. This approach works for a variety of clients from commercial occupiers, strategic investors and volume housebuilders to local developers, landowners, and private individuals.
Our role in the planning process can be tailored to complement the skills of your own project team, and can also incorporate the management of sub-consultants, as appropriate.
We have successfully led the planning process for developments across the UK.
We can demonstrate an excellent track record of success covering both small scale and larger, more complex development schemes.
We have extensive experience of dealing with a full range of planning applications from single dwellings, residential extensions and householder applications to major residential and build-to-rent schemes, changes of use and variation of condition applications for commercial operators and retailers, large-scale urban regeneration projects, and complex mixed-use schemes.
Irrespective of project size, the common theme in the delivery of our professional services, is the application of our expert knowledge of the planning and development system itself, and our ability to maximise the value of our clients’ property assets across all sectors, and at every level.
We maintain good working relationships with local authorities and utilise our local knowledge and experience to enable planning issues to be identified and tackled early on; to break down barriers, solve problems, and to deliver results for our clients.
To advise on the scope for alternative uses and/or redevelopment to enhance the value of existing land or buildings, and to inform the acquisition or disposal of property assets.
Advising on permitted development rights relating to the extension and alteration of dwelling houses, retail, industrial and other types of development, including the provision of new buildings and changes of use without the need for planning permission, and; the preparation and submission of applications for prior approval, including larger residential extensions, the flexible use of non-residential buildings, and offices to residential.
Co-ordination and management of planning applications (including applications to vary use restrictions, range of goods, hours of operation and delivery hours, advertisement and external alterations applications), and potential enforcement matters.
Planning audits and strategic advice to maximise the prospects of adding value to land or property portfolios by way of planning permissions and representations to emerging local plans, and; extension, sub-division and variation of condition applications to improve the operational flexibility of existing units.
Securing the legality of both existing and proposed uses and development by way of certification by the local planning authority, via the preparation and submission of CLEUD or CLOPUD applications.
Preparing and managing pre-application submissions, representation at pre-application meetings with local authorities and other stakeholders, and; advising on consultation requirements, facilitating stakeholder briefing sessions, and attendance at public exhibitions and meetings.
Outline, hybrid, full and reserved matters applications (including EIA screening and scoping requests), non-material, minor material amendment (Section 73) applications, and applications for advertisement, listed building and conservation area consents, together with CIL and S106 negotiations, speaking at planning committees, and discharge of condition applications.
Assessment of local authority reasons for refusal and subsequent preparation and submission of planning appeals to the Planning Inspectorate (via written representation, hearing and public inquiry routes), instruction of Counsel, and provision of expert witness, as appropriate, and; householder, minor commercial and advertisement consent appeals (written procedures).
Representations to emerging strategic policy and land allocations, monitoring services, and defensive planning, and; advising on the implications of planning proposals for private individuals, land owners and commercial operators with a view to preparing representations and/or objections to proposals affecting their property assets.