Planning Services

Pre-application and Feasibility Assessments – Establishing if your idea has potential

We provide a detailed investigation of your development proposal/planning issue to help identify the best course of action and strategy for a successful outcome. This is based on a site visit, review of documentation and where appropriate pre-application consultation with the local council

Planning Applications – improving your prospects of permission

We provide a preparation and submission service for all types of planning applications on a package basis suited to your specific needs – this can range from general advice / guidance and a ‘helping hand’, the preparation of a single supporting report, right through to full project management of the entire application. We are experts in producing Design and Access Statements and Planning Policy Appraisals in support of proposals.

Planning Conditions and Obligationshelping you get started on site 

In order to implement your planning permission you may have to satisfy conditions that have been imposed by the council as well as any obligations that have been entered into under a legal Section 106 agreement. We will help you discharge these requirements by conducting the right surveys and preparing the correct schemes.

Planning Appeals challenging adverse decisions and conditions

Sometimes planning decisions don’t go your way. If after a review of the reasons for a refusal or conditions, we consider an appeal has potential for you, we will prepare your grounds of appeal, lodge the appeal application and manage the process throughout, including regular updates to inform you of your appeal’s progress.

Representations and objectionsgiving your views more impact

We submit representations and speak to Planning Committees on your behalf about your proposal or applications that will affect you. We also make representations on the policies and development land proposed in new Local and Neighbourhood Plans, including the promotion of sites for landowners.

Facilitation of Neighbourhood Planning

The neighbourhood planning powers introduced under the Localism Act mean that local communities have much more influence than they had previously as they write the planning policies for their own local area rather than commenting on those that have been written by others. We are able to facilitate the preparation of Neighbourhood plans including support at consultation events.

“I have used the services of Northern Planners after three failed attempts to construct a garden room.

Their professional approach, accompanied by excellent attention to detail did the trick and I finally obtained planning at their first application.

I would have no hesitation in recommending them.

It was a pleasure to do business with them.”

Peter Johnson

“I first contacted Northern Planners having seen an advert in the local newspaper. I was immediately impressed with their knowledge and professionalism and decided to instruct them on a potentially contentious and difficult planning application. They did all the work for me and kept me updated throughout the whole process. Planning permission was granted at the first attempt. I would highly recommend Northern Planners to anyone”.

Edward Watson

“To facilitate the sale of our house we had to quickly resolve a planning issue. We contacted Northern Planners and they quickly  swung into action, addressed our concerns and expedited an application. From our first contact and throughout the process we found the team at Northern professional, calm and reassuring. We got the planning consent we needed and are very grateful to Northern Planners for their support. We are pleased to recommend them and their professional service.”

Allan Mackay