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Why should you use a planning consultant

Planning permission can be complicated for the layman to grasp, particularly given the fluctuating nature of the legislation. Consultants have expert knowledge of regulations and can, therefore, play a vital role in obtaining permission for projects with complex needs. 

Even if you have a knack for understanding intricate rules, securing permission is not just about the technicalities of an application. You will also need to know how to navigate the politics of planning - obligations, charges, officers, committees and appeals. Planning consultants are experts on the entire process and can draw on a wealth of experience.  


Consultants can also offer expert insight on approaching a project to achieve the desired outcome. In addition, their input can help you refine your plans to ensure you pursue the most suitable development options.

Employing a consultant will not guarantee you approval, but it will significantly increase your application’s chance of success.

When should you use a planning consultant?

You should engage a planning consultant if securing permission for your project will not be straightforward, especially if it will require the interpretation of planning policy and local development plans. Having an expert on board will help the planning process run more smoothly and provide you with a valuable sense of reassurance.


It’s essential to bring a consultant on at the beginning of the process since if a plan is refused permission the first time, its chances of success later on, are greatly diminished. Most people choose to rely on their architects to manage the application process. If you have difficulty with permission due to design issues, it’s essential to consult your architect. However, you should not assume that your architect can navigate planning permission in complex cases.

If you’re considering a site for a potential building, you should contact a planning consultant to help you assess viability. This kind of assessment is known as a Feasibility Study. The consultant will decide on the potential for success in planning policies both locally and nationally.

Here are some examples of the work consultants can help with:

  • Applications 

  • Appeals

  • Impact studies and feasibility studies 

  • Research

  • Urban and rural design.

If you would like to speak with a team member about your project, please fill in the contact form, call 020 7731 6841, email or use the Whatsapp link on the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.  We will always respond within a few hours, even at the weekends. 

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