DPDS provides general planning and development advice in terms of applications, appeals, Development Plan representations, Local Plan Inquiries, multidisciplinary studies, sustainable development feasibility/appraisal.
Our in-house expertise provides understanding of the legislative framework of planning policy and control, listed buildings and conservation, environmental impact assessment and retailing, but also, and perhaps more importantly, an intimate knowledge of the administration of the planning system. We know the way that local authorities and government agencies function, and our expertise lies in providing the most effective ways to achieve client objectives by working through the ‘system’.
Using a Consultant Chartered Town Planner
Most building projects require planning issues to be addressed before construction commences. If your project is complicated, controversial, or if key financial interests are at stake, you should consider retaining a consultant chartered town planner who can provide independent professional advice on planning applications, appeals and other town planning issues.
A consultant chartered town planner will advise on town planning legislation, the necessary application for permissions and the timetable and fees payable to the local authority for consideration of such applications. We offer our clients impartial and independent advice with simple and effective explanations to planning situations. This can provide a bridge between interested parties, helping to clarify issues, establishing facts and interpreting each party’s concerns and viewpoints.
We have extensive knowledge of constraints and opportunities in private sector financing and development. Fees will normally relate to the cost of the time spent on the work, or alternatively a fixed fee can be agreed.
Key skills include
- Development Briefs
- Environmental Impact Assessment
- Expert Witness
- Portfolio Management
- Project Management
- Strategic Land Promotion
Using Additional Expertise
We believe that it is most important to match the expert skills and knowledge of particular consultants to the requirements of specific tasks. We have a very wide range of contacts in Government and a major skill lies in our ability to negotiate at all levels to achieve desired results speedily and efficiently. The areas where we would envisage a need for additional expertise would include:
Historic Buildings: we have in-house experience in dealing with Grade I, Grade II* Listed Buildings, but we also have extensive contacts with architects, architectural historians, archaeologists, and surveyors (building and quantity) who specialise in historic buildings and their setting.
Legal Matters: we have worked with most of the leading planning and local government chambers in London and several of the provincial chambers. We have excellent working relationships with several leading law firms who have experts able to deal with the legal aspects of most issues.
Transportation Issues: we work closely with firms of transportation planners on major projects including new airports, leisure and business parks and new settlements.
Engineers: most major projects require some engineering input and we have good contacts with a range of firms providing structural, drainage and highways engineering advice.
Environmental Consultants: provide expertise in acoustics, and specialist areas such as pollution and archaeology. Our in-house Environmental Services team work in close co-operation with ecologists, hydrologists and agricultural experts.