Planning in the UK and Ireland

With over fifty years' experience in interpreting local and national planning policies, we have deep expertise throughout the entire planning life-cycle. As one of the largest planning consultancies in the UK and Ireland, we work collaboratively with our clients from our network of regional offices to provide workable solutions to complex issues.


Our planning expertise

Making it easy for clients to navigate the planning process, our end-to-end expertise covers:

Development planning - delivering permissions and approvals for projects across all sectors of development.

Strategic planning - placing our client's future projects in the development plan for an area or region to be delivered during the next 10,15 or 20 years.

Our planning expertise is supported by our in-house environmental, transport and heritage specialists to provide a comprehensive planning and environmental consultancy service.

Dublin Landings - St Hover

Development planning

  • Assessment of prospects of obtaining planning permission; timing and cost.
  • Non-Statutory and Statutory pre-application Consultation
  • Lawful and Permitted Development
  • Planning permissions, Conservation Area Consent and Listed Building Consent
  • Development Consent Orders and Developments of National Significance
  • Energy and Waste Planning
  • Advertisement Consent
  • Management of the planning application team
  • Retail Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Impact Assessments and Statements
  • Negotiation of planning conditions and section 106 agreements
  • CIL advice
  • Discharge of planning conditions, variation of conditions and extensions of time
  • Planning Appeals – Written Representations, Hearings and Inquiries
  • Instructions to Counsel
  • Judicial Review
  • Hazardous Substances Consent
  • Compensation claims - Certificates of Appropriate Alternative Development
  • Compulsory purchase related to “no scheme” development scenarios


Strategic planning

  • Development potential appraisal
  • Managing technical assessments
  • Housing needs assessment
  • Housing market intelligence
  • Housing land supply assessment
  • Housing delivery testing
  • Employment land need and supply analysis
  • Sustainability Appraisals
  • Strategic site promotion
  • Strategic site searches
  • Viability assessments
  • Candidate site submission
  • Site promotion brochures
  • Local Plan Hearing Statements
  • Expert Witness attendance at examinations
  • Development plan monitoring

Contact your local planning team


Darren Parker

Operational Director - Planning (UK South West and Wales) T: +44 (0)29 2066 8662 Email
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Cardiff - Callaghan Square | UK

Paul Hill

Senior Director - Planning (Midlands) T: +44 (0) 121 622 8520 Email
Birmingham | UK

Karen Jones

Operational Director - Planning (London) T: +44 (0) 20 7280 3300 Email
London - Farringdon Street | UK
Chris Lecointe

Chris LeCointe

Director of Environmental Planning T: +44 (0) 1235 821 888 Email
Abingdon | UK

Seamus Fay

Director - Planning T: +44 28 9066 7914 Email
Belfast | UK

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    Planning for a ‘Beautiful and Sustainable’ future

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    On the 6th August 2020, the Government issued its long-awaited White Paper for consultation on its planned future reforms of the planning system; the aim being to streamline and modernise the planning process, bring a new focus to design and sustainability, improve the system of developer contributions to infrastructure and ensure more land is available for development where it is needed. In this article I will concentrate on the third out of five proposals for reform - to bring a new focus on design and sustainability.

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