Planning Consultants

Our planning team has the expertise to help you navigate the planning system on challenging and complex projects from greenfield sites and strategic land promotion to energy and other infrastructure projects, logistics and commercial, residential and mixed-use developments.

DWD’s planning team are privileged to work on some of the most interesting planning projects in the UK, from major low carbon and carbon capture power stations and solar farms to urban extensions and major regeneration projects. We advise our clients from early inception, scheme development and securing permission, through to amendments to permissions and discharge of planning conditions.

We are one of the leading teams in understanding the processes and nuances of decision-making authorities under the different UK consenting regimes, including DCO applications and Town and Country Planning. In collaboration with our property team, DWD’s expertise also enables us to advise on the viability and development economic aspects of planning.

Our clients see the value of having a strong planning consultancy on board from the outset, it helps to ensure that valuable due diligence is undertaken as well as understanding a site’s planning history, identifying any restrictive conditions, and undertaking important checks to spot any potential situations which would impact the future stages of a project.

Planning applications

Development Consent Order applications and examination management

Listed Building and Conservation Area consent applications

Section 36 and 37 Electricity Act applications and variations

Householder planning applications

Material (s73) and non-material amendments (s96a)

Applications for Prior Approval

Discharge of conditions and Section 106 obligations

Planning appeals (all procedures)

Expert witness

Planning and consenting strategies

Site appraisals

Planning due diligence for lenders/funders

Strategic land promotion

Local Plan and London Plan Representations

Green belt

Retail impact assessments

Affordable housing viability and strategy

S106 negotiation and advice

CIL strategy, negotiation and advice

Masterplanning for Garden Communities

Masterplanning for Estate Regeneration

Latest Experiences

Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal, Heathrow Airport

DWD has advised the Airport Industrial Property Unit Trust (AIPUT), part of Aberdeen Standard , on an air cargo warehouse of approximately 6,200 sq ms and ancillary office space on a site of 1.6 hectares at Heathrow Airport for occupation by Cathay Pacific.


Big Yellow Self Storage – various sites

DWD act as the sole planning agents for Big Yellow Self Storage Company Ltd. The planning team at DWD have acted on over 75 schemes for Big Yellow Self Storage, including some technically complex applications with significant issues relating to height, scale, massing, transport, noise and air quality.


Bradwell B

DWD are providing planning advice to EDF Energy and CGN in relation to their proposals for a new nuclear power station at Bradwell in Essex (Bradwell B). Bradwell B is identified in the National Policy Statement for Nuclear Power Generation as a potentially suitable site for a new nuclear power station. The first stage of public consultation on the proposals was carried out in Spring/Summer 2020.


Beaulieu Urban Extension, Chelmsford

DWD provides strategic planning, site assembly and valuation advice to Countryside Properties and L&Q to deliver a vibrant new district for Chelmsford set around the former King Henry VIII's Tudor Palace, and its estate parkland, the development is conceived as a series of individually designed neighbourhoods that connect to the wider landscape.


Our Planning Consultants team

Geoff Bullock

Partner - Head of Planning

020 7489 4892

Sarah Price

Partner - Planning

020 7332 2111

Andrew Deller

Partner - Planning

020 7332 2105

Barry Murphy

Partner - Planning

020 7332 2116

Colin Turnbull

Partner - Planning

020 7489 4897

Emma Penson

Partner - Planning and Valuation

020 7332 2115

Nick Bowen

Partner - Planning

020 7489 1175

Serena Page

Partner - Planning

020 7332 2118

Nick Fennell

Consultant - Planning

020 7332 2104

Claire Wilkinson

Senior Associate - Planning

020 7489 0213

Hannah Thomas-Davies

Senior Associate - Planning

020 7332 2103

Harriet Swale

Senior Associate - Planning

020 3327 4729

Jonathan Harris

Senior Associate - Planning

020 3327 6283

Rob Booth

Senior Associate - Planning

020 7489 4830

Leo Cunningham-Baily

Associate - Planning

020 7489 4893

Anna Woodward

Senior Planner

020 7489 4899

Charlie Merry


020 7355 0337

Chloe Desgrand

Senior Planner

020 3327 6285

Chris Kirby

Senior Planner

020 7332 2110

Emma-Jane Hayward


020 3327 4728

James Smith


020 7489 4833

Jordan Martin


020 3327 4726

Laura Tinker


020 3327 6288

Louise Braine

Senior Planner

020 3327 6281

Nathan Cheung

Senior Planner

020 7489 4890

Robert Miller


020 7355 0339

Aimee Whitehead


020 7489 0213

Clare Bambury


0207 489 4896

Connor Hall

Senior Planner

020 3327 6284

Callum Cook


020 3327 6285

Lucy Freeman


020 7489 4832

Georgina Smith


020 3327 6287

Our Clients

We always provide exceptional quality advice and enjoy working with our clients has part of an integrated team – leading to long-standing relationships. By providing best in class advice, we create significant added value through understanding and delivering client objectives.

Sectors we work with

We work with businesses, charities, high net worth individuals and public sector organisations across a range of sectors to navigate the complexities of property and planning consultancy.