Allocating or safeguarding land for a particular land use greatly increases the chance of gaining planning permission and Heatons have extensive experience of such practices. We advise a diverse range of clients on how to realise value through development.  This ranges from commercial landowning clients with diverse national portfolios to small developers and private individuals who may be engaging with the planning process for the first time.  We are often the first port of call and are required to appraise land and buildings for their development potential and define ‘the art of the possible’ without over exposing our clients to unnecessary risk.

We are experienced in dealing with complex planning issues and tailoring our approach to the requirements of our clients.  We work hard to understand the needs and commercial objectives of our client from the outset.  We are adept at identifying and engaging specialist sub consultants where necessary to ensure that technical issues are robustly understood, opportunities to add value are maximised and risks are minimised.

Promoting land for development is rarely straightforward and we are required to communicate clear strategies to navigate towards securing planning permission.  Sometimes the strategy will involve the immediate preparation and submission of a planning application whilst in other cases, we may need to positively influence local plans to secure the development opportunities that may be available.  We have the in depth knowledge of planning policy, local plans and neighbourhood planning to be able to navigate our clients to a favourable outcome.