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What Does A Planning Consultant Do?

What Does A Planning Consultant Do?

What does a planning consultant do? Time and again clients ask this baffling question as they try to understand the value we provide to their projects.


The planning regime can be a frustrating and complex environment, often requiring an understanding of planning law, policy, the duties of local authorities and statutory bodies, and the rights of individuals and applicants.

It is well known that there are a multitude of aspects in legislation, national and local policy, which have a great bearing on the status of plan policy. To top it all off, the government has introduced several planning considerations: permitted development rights, prior approval, right of appeal, and enforcement proceedings, to name a few.

Many are perplexed as to where to begin when venturing on a development project of any scale. It is for this reason that the use of planning consultants is becoming more prevalent, thanks to the increased complexity and ever-changing nature of our planning system.


What does DRK Planning consultant do?


Our multi-disciplinary background makes us well-placed to bring these various strands together. At DRK planning, we help landowners and developers to obtain planning permission to either change the use of a building or land or to put new buildings on land.  In doing so, this permission usually leads to a significant uplift in the value of that land.  We also help by providing expert advice on the lawfulness of development, whether or not development needs planning permission and sometimes helping clients to avoid potential enforcement from local authorities if they should have obtained permission but did not do so in the first place.

Being a niche practice, we provide a highly personal and flexible service, focusing on understanding the client’s needs, objectives, and development pressures, providing clear and realistic advice on the likely time and costs involved. We work with clients in forming a clear strategy, which is focused on providing results within an agreed timescale.


If you would like to get in touch to discuss your project or ideas with us, please use the form below or call us on +44 (0)7711 672185.

Written by:

David Kemp provides a unique multi-disciplinary approach to Planning Consultancy with over 20 years of experience as a planning consultant. His expertise emanates from a vast background obtained as a chartered surveyor, Town and Country Planning consultant and as a specialist planning and environmental lawyer in both private practice and the public sector.

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