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We work with PB Planning Consultancy Limited on schemes where a level of planning expertise is required. Our planning consultant has ten years local authority experience of processing and determining planning applications and five years experience working as an independent planning consultant.

Our consultant has worked in the planning departments of the London Boroughs of Waltham Forest, Hackney, Enfield and Lambeth and also has significant private sector experience in north and east London boroughs such as Redbridge, Barking & Dagenham, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Islington, Camden, Bexley, Brent, Hammersmith & Fulham.

PB Planning Consultancy has particular expertise in the following issues: Planning Enforcement, C4 HMOs, Flat Conversions, New Build Residential Schemes, Office to Residential Conversions, Site Acquisitions/Development Potential Appraisal, Planning Appeals, Changes of Use and, Certificate of Lawfulness applications to regularise development without planning permission.

C4 HMOs – Many boroughs have introduced Article 4 Directions covering C4 HMOs. PB Planning have had success in establishing C4 HMO rights for properties in areas that have Article 4 Directions in place.

Certificate of Lawfulness – A lot of development takes place without planning permission but can often be regularised with a Certificate of Lawfulness. PB Planning are able to compile and assess evidence to give Certificate of Lawfulness applications the best chance of success.

Flat Conversions – Planning standards have significantly tightened with regard to flat conversions and designing schemes to have the appropriate layout is a difficult process. Professional planning input is vital to ensure such proposals stand the best chance of success.

New Build Residential – Whether you have land to develop a single house, multiple flats or a large housing development, we are able to use our knowledge to design the most efficient schemes. We have a particularly good track record of achieving new dwellings in tight plots adjoining existing houses.

Planning Enforcement – Carrying out unauthorised development can result in the stress of an enforcement investigation and the possibility of an enforcement notice being served – even leading to fines. PB Planning are able to liaise and negotiate with local authority enforcement officers as well as submit applications or appeals to try to retain the unauthorised development.

Site Acquisition/Development Appraisal – Assessing the development feasibility of a potential site purchase is difficult without expert planning input. PB Planning has advised various developers on purchases and successfully steered proposals from pre-purchase to the granting of planning permission.

If you already own a site and think that you may have potential for development, or would like to know how best to maximise your site’s development value or what strategy to employ, then we can visit your site and produce an appraisal report. Many clients waste time and money on speculative applications without having taken expert advice or giving any consideration to strategy. Engaging our services can save you significant time and money.