Planning House is an independent town planning consultancy offering a professional knowledgeable service to meet a clients need. Whether it is through increasing property value by securing planning permissions, site allocation, or development appraisals we can navigate the planning system to ensure client satisfaction.

We believe in providing clients with a bespoke and individual service, understanding clients aspirations and the issues they are facing is essential to ensure we provide the right approach.

Planning House embrace a common sense, straightforward approach, providing clear, no nonsense advice with the aim of ensuring our clients case is best represented.

  • Understanding Planning Conditions
    If you have received a planning approval it’s essential you know what conditions are attached, what they cover and how they can be complied with. Rather than refusing a planning application, a local planning authority (LPA) may grant permission subject to conditions, most approvals have conditions relating to the time frame to start a development and materials to be used, but often they have more and can vary between LPAs. This article from Northern Insight Magazine details the top 5 things to know about planning conditions.
  • County Durham Plan Consultation Open
    Last call to submit representations to shape the County Durham Plan. Representations are invited for a period of six weeks beginning on 9:00am 25 January 2019 and ending on 8 March 2019 at 4.30pm. The County Durham Plan sets the planning policy framework up to 2035 to support the development of a thriving economy in County Durham, while at the same time protecting those things that are important to us all. It identifies a number of sites for new employment, new housing and new infrastructure to accommodate the growth needed to achieve these ambitions.
  • Introducing Helen Heward
    In the first 2019 edition of Northern Insight Helen Heward, Associate at Planning House is introduced, with her substantial public sector experience and passion for people and places we're excited to have her onboard. In the article Helen introduces herself. As a chartered town planner with over 12 years experience in the public sector across planning policy, development management and enforcement, I'm leaving my comfort zone in the Local Authority to start a new adventure in the private sector.