Planning Strategy Formulation

We are adept at devising planning strategies that aim to facilitate our client’s objectives and deliver their development projects because we remain abreast of market, policy, legislative and case law developments.


We are also able to offer advice on what planning policies take precedence by having detailed knowledge of current and emerging Development Plan policies as well as national planning policy.  Our appreciation of the importance of local politics means we are able to develop strategies to successfully navigate the planning and political arenas.


Every case is different as client’s objectives vary, as do economic, social and environmental characteristics of an area, individual features on potential development sites, neighbouring land uses, planning histories, policy frameworks and levels of objectively assessed housing need.  Our aim is to secure client’s approval as efficiently as possible.


• Planning Application Strategy – if there is a supportive policy framework at present or development potential in the short-term with support from material considerations.  This may be a one off action or take a phased and collaborative approach.

• Evidence Gathering Strategy – alternatively we may suggest this so that a Certificate of Lawfulness application can be prepared and submitted.

• Planning Appeal Strategy – this might be devised if the existing policy framework is not favourable to a client’s objectives.

• Policy Representations Strategy - if client’s objectives are not time constrained and they have a long-term interest in a building, or a parcel of land, this approach may be advocated and a bespoke strategy devised.

• Land Promotion Strategy – alternatively this may focus on promoting the development, or redevelopment of a site. So making representations on a number of Development Plan Documents (DPD), Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD) and other policy documents.

• Community & Stakeholder Engagement Strategy – this may be devised in assisting clients with despoiled or visually discordant urban and rural sites if there is an opportunity to develop and sell a vision for these to LPAs, Town and Parish Councils, neighbourhood forums and local communities.

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We provide a complete planning service to a range of private and public sector clients including property owners, occupiers, developers, investors, institutions and local planning authorities in the residential, commercial, renewables, leisure and agricultural sectors. Our advice is based on extensive knowledge of the ever-complex and fast-changing UK planning system.  This enables us to provide bespoke and cost-effective advice at all stages of development from project inception, spatial master planning to negotiating final project delivery. We pride ourselves on always offering one principal point of contact which means our advice is always consistent and provided in a timely manner.  It also means that each member of our team embraces responsibility.  Our collaborative way of working with other technical specialists means we are experts at finding solutions to assist in unlocking latent value. The Planning Process   The basis for decision making is set out on planning legislation, that is, “if regard is to be had to the development plan for the purposes of any determination to be made under the Planning Acts the determination must be made in accordance with the plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise". We apply this approach to each of our planning services.  Our Services We offer the following services: • Planning Strategy Formulation • Planning Appraisals • Planning Applications & Appeals • Community & Stakeholder Engagement • Environmental Impact Assessment • Planning Obligation Negotiation • Land Promotion • Policy Representations • Monitoring Services • Master Planning & Development Briefs • Due Diligence   Contact Us

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