Planning Risks, Advice & Strategies

We provide robust and informed planning advice whether you are planning a new development, seeking a change of use, responding to an appeal or enforcement notice or seeking to influence the future context for your interests against development proposals by others.

Our work typically starts by giving you an honest appraisal of the likelihood of success against current and emerging planning risks. Crucially we then provide clear advice on how to enhance this potential. This may comprise a combination of approaches including: through design and the consideration of alternative options; the planning strategy and programme adopted; effective stakeholder engagement; or, where time allows making representations to shape future development plan policy or decision making.

Is your proposal within a Mineral Safeguarding Area?

‘Local planning authorities should not normally permit other development proposals in Mineral Safeguarding Areas if it might constrain potential future use for mineral working.’ (Paragraph 206, National Planning Policy Framework [NPPF] 2019).

If your non-mineral proposal falls within a Mineral Safeguarding Area in a local plan you could probably do with some help to overcome the potential constraint imposed by paragraph 206 of the NPPF. We can help. As a consultancy which has specialised in planning for minerals since its inception in 2001 we are well placed to assist.  Using our expertise, we can assess the mineral resource within  which your site is located and report on its suitability as a mineral resource and identify any likely constraints that could prevent its future utilisation to overcome concerns about mineral sterilisation.

Call Nick on 07748 184637.

The following projects provide a snapshot overview of the range of projects we have worked on but cannot cover every example. Contact us to discuss our experience relevant to  your specific needs.



Advice to Burlington Slate

Burlington Stone produces beautiful building stone and slate for architectural purposes as well as contributing to the distinctive Lake District and Cumbrian built vernacular....

GSK Wind and Solar

Planning & LVIA for private wire wind energy and solar developments (combined at ~30MW) screened out from EIA for GSK via Farm Energy. Demonstrating...

West Bolden Residential Site

Local Plan representation for 50 unit residential site at West Boldon for Buckley Burnett Stephenson Halliday were commissioned to prepare a Vision Document to...