Planning & Development

Planning & Development

Town and country planning has been a fundamental part of land ownership and development since the housing and public health codes of the industrial revolution and we are fully engaged in the planning process at all levels. Our skills as Chartered Surveyors and RICS Registered Valuers as well as chartered town planners means that we are ideally placed to advise on economic viability which is a fundamental part of plan making and decision taking in planning.

Options analysis

This involves the review of a site’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and constraints in order to advise upon the redevelopment options for particular uses. We are able to fully appreciate a site’s potential from all perspectives including the aspirations of the landowner and local authority as well as the appetite from the private sector development community.


The negotiation of S106 Agreements for major developments acting for either the Local Planning Authority or the developer. We are able to model the financial impact of particular planning requirements and use this to prepare a viability statement and negotiate a realistic consent.

Planning policy

Our services provide an essential part of the market research and evidence base to support policy development, including: the production of masterplans; the formulation of Area Action Plans; financial modelling for Local Plan Viability including Affordable Housing and of S106/Community Infrastructure Levy tariffs.

Housing – Strategic Land

A large part of our work is advising on the long-term planning, viability and delivery mechanism for strategic urban extensions, garden suburbs and new towns.  This can involve site assembly, influencing the development plan, funding primary infrastructure and affordable housing viability.

Heritage & Listed buildings

We can assist with feasibility studies and funding to address buildings which have heritage or listed status.  This includes making the case for enabling development.

Development Management and Advisory

This encompasses a number of services including feasibility studies; options analysis; development management etc. in order to provide comprehensive and rounded advice. Bespoke reporting can meet the specific requirements of the client in order to progress a particular scheme to a successful outcome.

For further information about our services browse our Planning and Development case studies.