Providing commercially driven planning solutions
Planning is a complicated process, and continued planning reform only makes it harder to keep up. We’re here to guide our clients through the maze, and with help from an established network of experienced professionals to call upon, we can deliver effective solutions.
Edgeplan is an independent planning consultancy providing advice and planning services, principally to the development industry including landowners, developers, occupiers and investors throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Our specialisms include providing strategic development advice and the submission of planning applications with supporting information and justification; negotiation with local planning authorities, consultees, interested parties and local communities. We also deliver ongoing planning advice during construction, implementation and operation of development projects.
Chris is a Chartered Town Planner previously employed by a Central London planning and design practice. Having a background and considerable experience in both public and private planning practice, Chris has specialised in the fields of education, residential, industrial and office development. More recently he has been working on town centre and retail/mixed use projects as well as advising a large London Authority on major schemes. Based in London, he leads on projects throughout the South East and the Midlands.
Steve is a Chartered Town Planner with over twenty years’ experience working on development projects across the UK, and more than ten years spent in Manchester concentrating on the food and non-food retail sector. Prior to forming Edgeplan, Steve was a Planning Director with a national multi-disciplinary firm where he oversaw a team working principally on retail and commercial projects. He is responsible for managing and overseeing practice and policies as well as working on projects throughout the country.
James is a Chartered Town Planner based in Manchester and the North West. He previously worked for a major multi-disciplinary practice, having started his career in local government at Wigan Council and subsequently Bolton Council. James has experience working with a number of volume housebuilders in the promotion of strategic sites and on planning applications for residential development. He has presented evidence at Hearings, Inquiries and in Court. James leads on projects in the North and elsewhere in the country.
Edgeplan are a highly motivated young company bringing together experience from some of the country’s leading national planning consultancies. Each of our staff have been individually selected for their outstanding capability and experience in their field. This has allowed us to create a bespoke firm with the benefit of large firm organisational experience but with maximum efficiency from the beginning. This translates as better value for money for our clients.
As a small independent company we’ve created strong relationships with our clients. We work hard to understand what’s required from us, and how we can bring value to the process, making sure that we remain focused on the collective goal.
As Planners, we need to maintain a strong commercial awareness, often acting as intermediary between developer and regulator to find a solution which meets both parties’ needs and aspirations. We also work very closely with other property professionals, often appointing some or all of the development team on the client’s behalf and managing projects to meet objectives and deadlines.
All of our Planners are experienced in appraising sites, developing proposals and advising on strategy to make sure the brief is properly set-out from the start. We’re in day-to-day contact with Local Planning Authorities across the country, and we have a strong understanding of the challenges and requirements needed to make sure planning applications are registered and progressed in a timely manner. We will advise whether pre-application discussions might be of benefit; or where a formal submission would be preferable.
Where liaison with the press or public is necessary, we can undertake local consultation ourselves or bring-in and work alongside experienced professionals to handle PR while we concentrate on technical matters. We always expect to speak directly to Planning Committees, focusing on the most important areas of objection or a scheme’s main benefits.
In an environment where legislation, policy and the market are constantly changing, we make sure that we keep in touch with news, new developments, trends and intelligence. Our planners are all active members of networking forums or working groups, and regularly attend briefing sessions, seminars and networking events.
Experience + Efficiency = Value for Money
As Chartered Town Planners, all our professional staff are required to maintain the standards of the Royal Town Planning Institute by undertaking Continuous Professional Development (CPD); and we also make sure we meet and exceed industry standards and those of our competitors. Click the logo to visit the site.
In association with the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, Edgeplan are working with The Planning Portal to fully realise all the benefits of online working. We’ve signed-up to the Smarter Planning Pledge to help local planning authorities process our clients’ applications more efficiently; reduce CO² throughout the process and save time and money. All our planning applications are submitted electronically. Click the logo to visit the site.
53 Fountain Street
Manchester M2 2AN
0161 228 2226
16 Upper Woburn Place
London WC1H 0BS
0203 741 8228
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