Contact

Roy Speer
01273 843737
roy@speerdade.co.uk

Mike Dade
01825 890870
mike@speerdade.co.uk



 

What we do

Consultancy

Most of our time is spent carrying out planning consultancy work for clients - helping people and businesses deal with the planning system and its technical processes. The lists below give you an idea of the consultancy work we do.

We cover many types of property – residential, caravans, agricultural, equestrian, horticultural and recreational – a fair proportion tends to be residential related but there is a range. Click on the link above to jump to a list to give you a flavour of the sort of properties with which we get involved.

Before making an application

  • Assessment of the likelihood of getting planning permission
  • Strategies and tactics for securing permission
  • Permitted development (ie development that does not require a planning application)
  • Pre-application enquiries and negotiation with planning officers before an application is made

Applications to councils

  • Full and outline planning applications
  • Permission in principle applications
  • Approval of conditions
  • Renewals
  • Retrospective planning applications
  • Lawful development certificates
  • Design and access statements
  • Planning statements
  • Public speaking at committee meetings
  • Agricultural and residential prior notifications
  • Co-ordinating the work of other professionals and specialist consultants

Appeals against refusal of permission

  • Assessing refused applications
  • Written appeals
  • Householder appeals
  • Hearings
  • Public inquiries

Council enforcement against development without planning permission

  • Negotiations with planning officers
  • Alternative strategies
  • Enforcement appeals

Objections to harmful development

  • Objection strategies and tactics
  • Suggestions for campaigns
  • Planning application representations
  • Public speaking at committee meetings
  • Planning appeal representations
  • Evidence at hearings and inquiries

Types of property (in alphabetical order)

  • Agricultural/horticultural  agricultural dwellings, diversification projects, farm buildings, garden centres, nurseries, occupancy conditions, re-use of rural buildings, vineyards
  • Caravans  caravans as annexes, caravans as outbuildings, caravans in gardens, residential caravans for rural businesses
  • Equestrian  change of use of farmland, equestrian dwellings, equestrian buildings, sand schools, stables
  • Miscellaneous – burial grounds, care homes, conservation area development, listed building alterations, residential caravan parks, school buildings
  • Residential – conversions, extensions, flats (sub-division & new build), houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), mobile homes, multiple houses and small estates, outbuildings, outbuilding conversion, permitted development, replacement dwellings, single houses, sub-division of dwellings, swimming pools, tennis courts
  • Tourism – B&Bs, holiday accommodation, touring and static caravan parks

Writing

As well as our books (see Who we are), we also write on planning and land topics in:

  • Articles
  • Contributions of chapters/sections to books
  • Manuals
  • Technical input and technical content checking

Speaking

We can deliver the following on planning permission and related topics:

  • Surgeries answering questions and problems
  • Talks, seminars and presentations
  • Training
  • TV and radio broadcasts
  • Workshops