Planning Services

If you are looking for a planning services team that takes a pro-active approach, and which has a highly successful track record of securing planning permission, then we are the company to contact.

We work on a mix of commercial and residential planning projects throughout Scotland, providing a full range of planning services for both private and public sectors sector clients.

In the last year, we have achieved a 94% success rate obtaining planning consent and have provided planning consultancy advice for over 1,300 residential units across Scotland.

Our Planning Team comprises Chartered Planners, Surveyors and Practitioner Members of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.

We take a proactive and commercial approach to planning consultancy, working closely with our clients from the earliest stages of the planning process to pre-empt any potential challenges and develop the most robust strategic approach possible.

We work with specialist technical consultants and public affairs consultants to ensure that any issues are dealt with professionally and in good time. We are practical and business-focused, always looking for ways in which we can help our clients maximise the value of their assets.

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94% Success rate for obtaining planning consent in 2016/17
91% Involved in instructions in 29 of the 32 Local Authorities in Scotland

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Advice, Consultancy & Monitoring

We can provide advice and consultancy services on all aspects of planning. We can advise on the feasibility and viability of planning proposals as well as design requirements. Our Planning team also provides a planning monitoring service to ensure that a client’s interests are protected and that they are kept up-to-date with all planning developments and on the progress of any on-going planning negotiations.

Initial Planning Appraisals

We are specialists at working with our clients in the run up to planning proposals to help them unlock maximum value from their development sites. We spend a lot of time upfront working on planning strategy, looking for potential hurdles and constraints that might impede the planning process, and working out the best approach to speed up the decision making process.

Planning Applications

We provide a comprehensive planning application service and will ensure that a robust case is presented for your project (highlighting its benefits and any relevant planning precedents) and that all appropriate information/ technical assessments (including Environmental Impact Assessments and Socio-Economic Assessments) are provided in support of your application. We will also undertake stakeholder engagement on your behalf.

Planning Negotiations

We are expert negotiators and have an in-depth understanding the planning process and legislation. Our expertise and experience allows us to deliver planning consents that are commercially viable and deliverable.

Planning Appeals

We have a long and successful track record of winning planning appeals and can act on your behalf to contest planning refusals at both Local Review Body and DPEA. We will use our expertise to work up the grounds for an appeal. We will then prepare and present a robust appeal case and do all we can to get your planning permission granted.

Expert Witnesses

We have considerable experience acting as expert witnesses at public inquiries, planning hearings and land tribunals. Our extensive contacts allow us to provide experts to speak on all relevant specialist issues.

Specialist Assessments

Thanks to our well-developed network of technical experts we can provide specialist assessments to address site constraints. We also have in-house experience to project manage the Environmental Impact Assessment process.

Stakeholder Engagement

We can provide a full stakeholder engagement service to reach out to communities to explain the details of a planning proposal, outline the benefits that it will bring, answer any questions and address any concerns. We can also engage with all other stakeholders, for example working with public affairs consultants to engage with Councillors.

"Using Graham + Sibbald's planning team has made a huge difference to the John Muir Trust's ability to present professional and compelling evidence in key planning cases." John Muir Trust