Range of Services
As a small Town Planning Consultancy running-costs are low compared to competitors resulting in a highly cost-effective approach to work always adapted to meet the specific needs of a broad range of clients. In short we ‘talk your language’ and help demystify an otherwise complicated process.
The UK Town Planning system, despite assurances from a range of political parties to the contrary, has in fact become increasingly complex and it is recommended to engage with a planning consultant early on in the process. Planning applications often require a wide range of specialist consultancy skills and a network of reliable associated services can be commissioned with the certainty that other team members add value to the planning process.
An initial free consultation is offered to establish if we are the right consultancy for your project this can be by phone, over a coffee or in some cases on site.
Testing the Project
Feasibility Studies to assess and ‘test the ground’ on the prospects of success with any project prior to more costly commitments of engaging a wider team.
Applications & Appeals
Preparation, submission and management of applications, other local authority planning related approvals as well as planning appeals.
Negotiating for a client over Planning Performance Agreements, S106 Planning Obligations or other planning and land use matters.
Providing specialist witnesses statements and evidence for Planning Inquiries, Hearings and Legal disputes. With over 30 years of cross-sector experience Absolute Town Planning can forcefully ‘make the case’ unhampered by the constraints and conflicts of working within a wider firm.
Getting things Done
Acting for a client on the matter of planning conditions or negotiating planning agreements attached to the grant of consent can often delay things getting done on site. A ‘project management’ service can be provided to avoid or curtail delays.
Strategic and tactical advice on achieving planning, listed building and other consents as well as how to navigate the planning system and the best team to form to achieve the best result for a client
Stakeholder management and consultation aimed at early problem solving with a development proposal. Engaging with neighbours and local communities can often erode cynicism and distrust resulting in a smooth planning application process towards an approval.
When things go wrong Absolute Town Planning can negotiate to help resolve enforcement and other disputes. It is never too late to call if that application looks as if it is heading down the wrong route – give us a call.
The Political Arena
Attending a Planning Committee can be a stressful and often quite emotional affairs. Most people accept development and planning needs to happen but would often prefer it be somewhere else. Attending such arenas and being aware of political sensitivity is a specialism at Absolute Town Planning.
Planning Staff Training along with Member Training at LPA level as well as advice to Planning Authorities and others on the Management and Business Processes that lead to a smooth running town planning service so critical to the economic success of an area.