Roy Speer
01273 843737

Mike Dade
01825 890870


What we do

This breaks down into three main areas:


Most of our time is spent carrying out planning consultancy work for clients or, in other words, helping people and businesses to deal with the planning system and its technical processes. The following list gives you an idea of the consultancy work we do (don’t worry if you don’t know immediately where your requirement fits into the list - we take care of all that).

As for the types of property, we cover most categories of buildings and uses – residential, commercial, agricultural, recreational and industrial – a fair proportion tends to be residential related but the range is wide. There’s a list below to give you a flavour of the sort of properties we get involved with (click on the link above).

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)
  • Discussion and negotiation with councils and their consultees before an application is made

Applications to councils

  • Full and outline planning applications
  • Approval of conditions
  • Renewals
  • Retrospective planning applications
  • Lawful development certificates
  • Design and access statements
  • Planning statements
  • Public speaking at committee meetings
  • Agricultural notifications
  • Co-ordinating the work of other professionals and specialist consultants
  • Affordable housing
  • Financial contributions towards infrastructure

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
  • Appeals

Objections to harmful development

  • Objection strategies and tactics
  • Advice on campaigns
  • Planning application representations
  • Public speaking at committee meetings
  • Planning appeal representations
  • Evidence at hearings and inquiries
  • Planning policy/allocation (Local Development Framework) objections

Types of property (in alphabetical order)

  • Agricultural - agricultural dwellings, diversification projects, farm buildings, garden centres, glass houses, nurseries, occupancy conditions, re-use of rural buildings
  • Commercial – change of use, conversions, extensions, new build
  • Equestrian – change of use of farmland, equestrian dwellings, equestrian buildings, sand schools, stables
  • Industrial/storage – car repairs, changes of use, extensions, factories, warehouses, workshops
  • Miscellaneous – builders’ and contractors’ yards, burial grounds, care homes, conservation area development, listed building alterations, motor sales, residential caravan parks, school buildings
  • Residential – conversions, extensions, flats (sub-division & new build), houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), mobile homes, multiple houses and estates, outbuildings and 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
  • Town centre – cafes, estate agencies, financial services, pubs and bars, restaurants, retail, takeaways


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

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


We deliver the following on planning permission and land finding and assessment topics:

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