It is important to ensure you hire the right professional for the right project. Planning is not a protected profession. Anyone, from Architects and surveyors to home improvement companies will claim to offer planning services. By hiring a chartered planning consultant you will receive the very best advice, ‘quality assured’ by the Royal Town Planning Institute, the professional body for planning.
Planning consultants work with their clients, stakeholders and the Local Planning Authority involved in granting planning permission. Their knowledge and expertise will ensure your home improvement, project, or business development gets the support it needs to gain the all important planning permission. Chartered town planning consultants:
Consultants offer a wide range of services, and many offer additional specialist advice. To get a better understanding of what a planning consultant can offer contact consultant or consultancy listed within this directory.
Use this directory to search by location or by skills and knowledge listed under ‘search by specialism’. It is always best to have a no obligation discussion of the services you need with a consultant. The RTPI recommends you approach a minimum of three consultants and consultancies to ensure you understand the options available to you.
By ensuring the consultant is aware of all the issues relating to you planning issue, the consultant will then be able to propose a solution or solutions that will meet your expectations. Getting an honest and accurate picture of the job form the outset is essential to its success and to establishing a mutual understanding.
Membership of the RTPI as a Chartered Town Planner, or as a legal member of the RTPI, is an internationally recognised mark of professional expertise and competence. The RTPI has over 2,500 consultant members and more than 1,000 firms offering the services of consultant Chartered Town Planners or legal members of the RTPI. They range in size from sole practitioners or small partnerships, through to large, international, multi-professional practices including architects, economists, engineers, surveyors and other specialists. Some smaller practices may also have access to similar professional skills.
The Royal Town Planning Institute is the UK's leading professional body for planning , and is the largest planning institute in Europe with over 23,000 members. Chartered town planners are members of the RTPI who have met the highest standards in education and practice, and are accountable to an independent Code of Professional Conduct. For further information please visit http://www.rtpi.org.uk/membership/professional-standards/