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Apcar Smith Planning

Sole Practitioner & Associated Consultants | 

Kinetic House
Theobald Street

Telephone: 020 8387 1387
Mobile: 07703 502352
Contact: Mrs Carolyn Apcar

Email: admin@apcarsmithplanning.co.uk


Kinetic House
Theobald Street

Telephone: 020 8387 1387
Mobile: 07703 502352
Contact: Mrs Carolyn Apcar

Email: admin@apcarsmithplanning.co.uk

Mrs Carolyn Apcar BA (Hons) MRTPI  [ E-mail ]

Carolyn has some 25 years experience as a town planner. Following 5 years working in local government, in both Local Plans and Development Control sections, she moved into consultancy work in 1986. She was employed as an Associate at Anthony Bowhill and Associates prior to establishing Apcar Smith Planning in 1993. The practice is involved in a wide range of residential and commercial developments of all scales, primarily, although not solely, in and around the Greater London area. Clients range from private individuals to major PLC's. Carolyn has many years experience of all aspects of planning work including instructing Counsel and giving evidence at public inquiries.


Barn Conversions, Diversification


Advertisements / Canopies / Blinds, Business and Science Parks, Car Parking / Access, Change of Use, Enforcement, Extensions / Alterations of Premises, Lawful Development Certificates, New Premises, Working from Home


Conservation Areas, Listed Buildings, Urban Conservation

Health Planning

Cemeteries, Crematoriums, Health Centres, Hospices, Hospital, Nursing Homes


Affordable Housing, Appeals, Applications, Boundaries / Curtilage, Car Parking, House Extensions, Housing Design Layout, Housing Needs Studies, Light Issues, Objections, Residential Developments, Social Housing


Heavy Industry, Light Industry, Service Industry, Technological Industry, Utilities


Advocacy, Appeals, Covenants, Direct Professional Access to the Bar, Public Inquiries

Local & Strategic Planning

Development Briefs, Development Plan Monitoring, Development Plan Representation, EIP (Examination in Public), Greenbelt, Local Plans

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution

Expert Witness, Planning Gain, Section 106 Agreements


Feasibility Studies, Land Availabiltiy Studies, Research / Surveys, Site Appraisals


Advertisements / Canopies / Blinds, Car Boot Sales, Change of Use, Factory Outlet Centres, Markets, Motorway Service Areas, Out of Town Sites, Retail Impact Studies, Shops, Supermarkets, Town Centres

Tourism & Leisure

Amusement Centres, Caravan Parks / Camping Sites, Cinemas, Family Entertainment Centres, Fast Food / Take Away Outlets, Golf Courses, Guest Houses / B&B, Health Clubs, Hotels, Marinas, Parks, Playing Fields, Public Houses, Rambling, Restaurants, Stadiums, Swimming Baths, Theme Parks, Tourism, Wildlife Centres / Zoos

Consultancy Profile

Total Staff      3
Total Professional Staff      1
Chartered Town Planners      1

Countries operated in: Europe

United Kingdom

Background and Experience

Qualified in 1982 Carolyn spent the first 5 years of her career in local government before moving into private practice. She was an Associate with one of the larger city based practices before establishing Apcar Smith Planning in 1993. She has extensive experience of residential & commercial developments in urban and rural areas.

Main planning services

Initial advice and appraisals on development potential; planning applications and negotiations with local planning authorities; development briefs; written representation appeals; informal hearing appeals; expert evidence at public inquiries, EIP's and local plan inquiries; advice on enforcement notices and enforcement notice appeals; instruction of barristers for planning matters; and third party representations.

Examples of recent projects

Various planning permissions granted by local planning authorities or on appeal including:
• housing developments ranging from one to fifty units,
• blocks of flats of eight to sixty units,
• multiplex cinema,
• 80 bedroom hotel,
• high street changes of use,
• office, industrial and warehouse developments, hostels, nursing homes and care homes,
• retail developments

Client base

Clients include residential developers, commercial developers, land owners, end users (eg. retailers, banks, restaurants, nursing home operators) and land speculators.

Our ethos

To provide a professional and personal service to each client, on time and within budget.