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plande: professional planning services

plande is proactive planning consultancy

As professional development enablers, Plande planning consultants achieve permission for your project. With an impressive track record across the UK, dating from our inception in 2007, we get results where others have failed.

Because at Plande, we do things a little differently.

Small enough to provide a personal service,  large enough to have the essential contacts and experience, we manage your project creatively and comprehensively. A bespoke approach that boosts your chances of success.


Every planning consultancy service covered


For all written representation, hearing & local inquiry appeals


High-quality, robust planning applications


Improving your chances of planning permission success


To support and justify your application or appeal

About Plande

Plande is a team of highly skilled RTPI certified Chartered Town Planners offering planning consultancy services right across the UK. We work with individuals, developers, land-owners, builders, architects and planning authorities, making sure you get the absolute best help and advice for your business, development, self-build or home improvement project.

Why Do I Need A Planning Consultant?

Obtaining planning permission from a local authority is not always as straightforward as it seems. It often requires specialist knowledge in interpreting local and national planning policies. Obtaining planning can be a minefield for the most seasoned builder never mind the layman, especially with legislation continually changing. Having a planning agent or consultant by your side will not only make the process run as smoothly and cost-effective as possible, but will give you an independent authority to turn to.

As development enablers, our planning consultancy services are focused on achieving success. We’ll work closely and creatively with you, immersing ourselves in each project to get the desired outcome.

When Should I Engage With a Planning Consultancy?

If planning is refused for a project then it can be an uphill battle to get the decision overturned. It is therefore important to engage a planning consultant at the start of the process. An Architect will be able to help with design issues but they will not have the necessary planning experience especially with complicated projects. This is where Plande comes in. For Building Contractors then we will help you prepare a feasibility study to assess the viability of your project. Our experience is invaluable.

What a Plande Planning Consultant Will Do For You

Obtaining permission for a project is fraught with difficulties, which is why you need a professional on your side. As RTPI professional planning consultants we will guide you through the planning process, particularly in areas of difficulty such as dealing with a rejected application. We offer offer support and advice on all matters relating to applications, development and environmental issues for building and renovation projects. We are ready, at your side, every step of the way offering planning services at every step of the planning process.

  1. The Submission of Planning Applications – including the development of the design brief and strategy. Development of a robust and detailed package of information and working with consultants for the relevant supporting information. Liaising and negotiating with Local Planning Authorities as part of the monitoring of applications and in pre-planning discussions.
  2. The pursuit of Planning Permission – In some cases permission is not required, for example permitted development extensions and some changes of use. We will then apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness which will allow the local authority to confirm this is the case.
  3. The preparation of professionally written Planning Statements in collaboration with a RIBA Chartered Architect setting out the context and need for a project.
  4. The submission of Planning Appeals – should your application be turned down then Plande is on hand to submit an appeal. As RTPI certified planning agents we are well versed in drafting grounds for appeal statements and overturning the decisions in the most challenging cases.

Why choose plande planning consultant services?

Providing national coverage & Expertise

Working with local and internationally based clients, we bring a wider appreciation of national trends and precedents to add to the specifics of the local policies and circumstances.

Personal and Professional Service

A dedicated Project Manager for each project; giving you a single point of contact throughout the process.


No-nonsense advice. We get to the heart of the issue and develop achievable strategies to unlock each problem, however complicated.

Proven Success

We love a good challenge. We achieve permission where others have failed. Is your Local Authority difficult to work with? We’re used to it – bring it on.

Planning by Design

Good design can help unlock planning permission, add value to your project and help speed up the process.

Planning for Development

Obtaining suitable, appropriate, timely and cost-effective practical consents. Our planning consultancy services are second to none.

We have every sector covered


Covering all commercial and business uses including changes of use, extensions and new builds. Please see the relevant page for more information.

B1 (Offices and R&D), B2 (General Industrial), B8 (Storage and Distribution), E (Commercial, Business and Service).

Public Buildings

D1 (Non-residential Institutions) including health centres, clinics, day nurseries/ creches, training or education centres (including schools), art galleries, museums, libraries, halls, churches/ places of worship etc.

D2 (Assembly & Leisure) including cinemas, concert, music, bingo and dance halls, gymnasiums, sports, swimming baths etc.

F1 Learning and non-residential institutions

F2 Local Community


A1 Retail and Shops that you would expect to see on a general High Street including hairdressers, sandwich bars, retail warehouses, pet shops, dry cleaners, travel agents etc

A2 Financial & Professional Services including banks, building societies, estate agents, employment agencies and professional services

A3 Restaurant & Cafes for consumption on the premises

A4 Drinking Establishments for example Pubs and wine bars

A5 Hot Food Takeaways for consumption off the premises

E (Commercial, Business & Service)

Historic Buildings & Conservation

We also work successfully on Listed Buildings and those within Conservation Areas planning consultancy.

Agricultural & Equestrian

Agricultural and equestrian planning consultancy – please contact us: 0333 444 3433


Other projects not covered by the main use classes including Green Belt, Rural Development and Mixed Use as well as Sui Generis

Planning Consultants providing nationwide consultancy services

Get in touch

Working alongside an extensive network of specialists, Plande Planning Consultants give you more than just high-quality advice from experienced professionals.

You’ll get fresh, creative insights into your project. A perspective that aims to get results every time.

We offer development-focused planning consultancy services for businesses, developers, landowners, investors, architects, designers and private clients.

What our clients say...

"Nothing to be improved upon – service was excellent and friendly throughout, from initial consultation to planning approval. thank you."

"We feel that the service we received from you was outstanding. Very professional and structured. Communication was always quick and responsive."

"We would not hesitate to recommend you to other prospective clients or to use you again should we have any future development projects. It was always easy to contact you. Everything was handled efficiently and professionally - plus the experience you have in dealing with the planning authorities."

"A very professional, efficient not to say friendly service from start to finish. We would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone."

"An excellent service handled with supreme attention to detail leading to a positive outcome"

"We would strongly recommend and would like to use them for future projects as and when they arise without any hesitation. They are very passionate about any project. Good lateral thinking of all aspects of our project."

"We have been extremely happy with the service you provided. We feel, communication was honest and excellent at all times. We were kept up to date throughout the whole process.
Having previously used another company we definitely feel you offered a far more professional service for a far more reasonable price. We would reccomend you to anyone in our position, who is unsure how to go about an appeal.
We cant thank you enough for your help."