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Planning Consultants

As development enablers, our planning consultancy services are focused on achieving success.

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We are 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 Plande 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 consultants 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 with us 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.


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What Plande Planning Consultants Will Do For You

  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 planners we are well versed in drafting grounds for appeal statements and overturning the decisions in the most challenging cases.

Plande offers specialist consultancy advice on these sectors

  • commercial and industrial
  • mixed-use and retail
  • leisure and hotels
  • residential (including self-build/ conversion/ renovation)
  • community and education
  • historic buildings & conservation
  • agricultural and equestrian
  • greenbelt & rural development

value added experience across the UK:

  • We work with a huge number of Local Planning Authorities across the UK
  • Our planning projects cover England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • Our clients are based all over the world; from as far away as America and Asia and as close as the same street.


For all written representation, hearing & local inquiry appeals


High-quality, robust planning applications


Improving your chances of obtaining planning permission


To support and justify your application or appeal

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Whether you need an expert on your team to secure permission for a major mixed-use scheme or a unique self-build home, our fresh planning insights will help you achieve your goal.

Planning Consultancy Services for Businesses, Developers, Architects, Landowners and Individuals

Disclaimer: This page provides an introduction only and is not a definitive statement of the law and should therefore not be relied upon. The information above relates to England only. Policies across the rest of the UK may differ. Contact your Local Planning Authority for advice and confirmation before any works are carried out. All images used are for illustrative purposes only. Read the full disclaimer here.