Planning consultancy

Navigating the planning process presents complex challenges. With deep expertise, founded on almost fifty years of experience, we support our clients throughout the entire planning life-cycle: smoothly, efficiently and with confidence.

Delivering successful projects

Our experience in interpreting local and national planning policies has earned us a reputation for providing pragmatic advice to our clients, whether a developer or end user.   

From iconic landmarks and nationally significant infrastructure projects to residential developments of all scales, we advise on preparation, submission and negotiation of planning consents across all sectors. 

We understand every project has unique complexities and our approach to each is bespoke, ensuring best-value results that maximise development potential. Balancing commercial requirements with local context, our strategic advice supports smarter, sustainable development.  

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What we do

  • Planning and development advice to deliver planning permission
  • Strategic site promotion through the development plan making process
  • Masterplanning and urban design
  • Project management of the planning application process
  • Preparation, negotiation and management of planning applications
  • Expert witness at planning inquiries and development plan examinations
  • Heritage Impact Assessments
  • Environmental Impact Assessments, screening and scoping
  • Preparation, negotiation and submission of applications for major infrastructure projects requiring Development Consent Orders
  • Compulsory purchase and viability assessments
  • Retail impact and housing need assessments

Virtual public consultation

Providing a more resilient approach to community and stakeholder engagement, a virtual consultation can help you remove barriers, progress approvals and connect with your audience virtually. 

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Leading minds

Insights
  • Planning for the future - Standard Method Mk2 – Has the Government finally cracked it?

    As part of the review of the Government’s standard method we have been presented with a new formula which, on the face of things, looks to be a vast improvement on its older brother from the 2018 Framework. England now actually has a national housing target which could deliver on the aims of 300,000 homes a year – however the success will be very much determined by how issues such as cross-boundary need and the Green Belt are dealt with. The method isn’t without its flaws and, as explored by Cameron Austin-Fell below, there are some refinements which would greatly benefit a fair and balanced plan for growth.

     

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    Amendments to the 'Use Classes Order' explained

    On the 1st September 2020 amendments to the planning Use Classes Order will come into effect throughout England. Jonathan Waugh, Associate Director in our London planning team, explains the changes, opportunities, restrictions and unintended consequences this may bring.

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  • Planning for the future - Achieving the vision

    Paul Willmott, Managing Director of our UK Planning business, takes a look at the vision set out in the recently published White Paper 'Planning for the Future', and what will need to be delivered to achieve it.

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Explore projects

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Haulbowline Island East Tip Remediation Project
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Finley Solar Farm
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Jordan Springs
Jordan Springs
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Guernsey Airport Airside Rehabilitation
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Carseldine Urban Village Masterplan Design
Carseldine Urban Village
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Ballough AGI Bypass
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Lough Talt Regional Water Supply Scheme
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Queensland Country Bank Stadium
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Parc Busnes Porth Cymru
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Seaview Hotel redevelopment
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Tredegar Health and Wellbeing Centre
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Lidl, Hythe
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The successful promotion of Churchlands, a large urban extension in Cardiff
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Planning consent for Affordable Housing scheme on Llantarnam Road, Cwmbran
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Wauntysswg Farm Solar Park
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Planning permission secured for a mixed-use development in Lower Howsell, Malvern
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Dublin Airport Terminal 1 Extension
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Mamhilad Urban Village
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An outline planning application for up to 370 houses on Wonastow Road
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Guildford Housing Forum
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Fernwood SUE, Newark
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Bishopton Lane
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Golden Valley Mill
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Symmetry Park, Swindon
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Dublin waste to energy
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Irish Scottish Links on Energy Study (ISLES)
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A1 Junctions Phase 2
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Planning and heritage advice for a new building at Kensington Palace
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Langley Park Hotel
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Shard Place
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Gas Pipeline to the West
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Dublin Landings
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Parramatta Light Rail
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Renescience Northwich
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Race Bank offshore wind farm
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Moy wind farm
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Heathland Wind Farm
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Greenwich Peninsula
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Fosse Shopping Park
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Ashchurch Factory Outlet Centre
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Skibbereen Flood Relief Scheme
Skibbereen Flood Relief Scheme
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M6 Galway to East Ballinasloe
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Arla dairy
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Yarrabilba
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Concept design for Melbourne's Metro project with the Melbourne Town Hall and Federation square in the background
The Metro Tunnel Project
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Warwick Solar Farm
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Providence
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Harmony park in the Sunshine Coast
Harmony
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Albion Exchange
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