Q+A Planning specialises in providing advice on planning issues, and securing planning permissions for private sector clients.

Our team has an in-depth knowledge of how the planning process deals with different types of development, and how to formulate a strategy to secure planning permission.

Much of our work is built up through long term relationships with our clients, and we take great care to provide straightforward, clear and honest advice at all stages of the planning process. We provide a cost-effective and high quality consultancy service, always focussed on our client’s commercial priorities and adding value.

The Q+A team has extensive experience of advising major clients in relation to a wide variety of developments, including retail, residential, distribution and logistics, industrial, leisure and mixed use schemes. Our team comprises individuals with a strong track record of success in securing valuable planning consents for our clients. This record includes many large and complex projects where a wide range of issues have needed to be carefully examined, and comprehensively and robustly addressed.

Planning appraisals and pre-application advice

We can advise you on the development potential of land that you own or are seeking to acquire, and can assess the prospects for securing planning permission for development. We have wide-ranging experience across the country and have worked on projects within most planning authorities in England.

Planning strategies

The process of obtaining planning permission can be complex. We can work with you and your professional team to identify a clear strategy to navigate through the statutory system, identify what is required and the likely timeframes, and secure the consent you need.

Making the case for development

We are experts in making the case for development, identifying the wide range of economic, social and environmental benefits that schemes can deliver and highlighting how the ‘planning balance’ favours the development that is proposed.

Project managing the planning process

We can act as the project manager for your professional team at the planning stage from project inception through to the implementation of development. We can manage and brief specialist consultants, review technical reports, and co-ordinate the inputs of the team during the planning process. We have extensive experience of this role, on schemes ranging from small-scale proposals to applications for commercial floorspace in excess of 1 million square feet.

Consultation and engagement

Public consultation and community engagement is often an important part of the process of securing consent. We can formulate and deliver a strategy that ensures that the key messages relating to your project reach the right audience, and advise on how to respond positively and proactively to the views of stakeholders and the local community.


Sometimes, it is not possible to avoid the need to appeal. We have extensive experience of managing the process and have a strong track record of appeal success.