Preparation of planning policy and the negotiation of planning permissions requires increasing consideration of commercial matters, such as development finance, viability and land owner interests.

In addition, the planning system is going through a number of changes. Understanding the implications of such changes is important if progress is to be maintained, planning appeals avoided and the confidence of stakeholders, communities and Members retained.

Gaining access to relevant understanding, knowledge and skills can however be costly, with consultants charging large fees for lengthy reports. Directions Planning Consultancy provides a real alternative and aims to provide the right advice, at the right time, and at a fraction of the cost, but without any compromises in quality.

Our Expertise

We consider the breadth of our knowledge to be unrivalled. We are able to provide well informed and intelligent advice based on the wealth of experience gained in the public and private sector, as well as the Civil Service.

Over the years we have provided a range of planning advice to clients including house builders, retailers, traditional land owners and Estates, and institutions such as Universities.

In addition, we are able to balance commercial considerations with local authority interests and planning policy issues using our extensive experience gained from local authority and central government perspectives. Our experience of working with DCLG, GOs and PINS means that we are able to liaise directly or simply assist local authorities in dialogue with central departments.