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Aspbury Planning Ltd

Limited Company |

20 Park Lane Business Centre
Park Lane

Telephone: 0115 852 8050
Fax: 0115 852 8059
Contact: Mr Tony Aspbury




20 Park Lane Business Centre
Park Lane

Telephone: 0115 852 8050
Fax: 0115 852 8059
Contact: Mr Tony Aspbury


Mr Tony Aspbury BA, MRTPI  [ E-mail ]

I founded the Practice in 1983. Now, in the main, I supervise major commissions. Amongst other things, I appear as expert witness at Public Local Inquiries relating to major planning proposals as well as the preparation of development plans, and regularly participate at Examinations in Public. I am also a specialist in proposals relating to ‘Spanish polytunnels’ and associated aspects of soft fruit growing in the UK. Planning is my passion, and I like to keep fully up to date with the latest development practices, as well as being involved in many community and business groups - I’m Past President of the (then) Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Past Chairman of the Environment Committee and Newark Civic Trust. I’m currently on the Board of Nottingham Express Transit. I am a fully accredited member of the RTPI and a member of the TCPA.

Mr Mike Downes BA, BPI, MRTPI  [ E-mail ]

I started out as a Local Government Planning Officer and then worked for several major house building companies as Land Manager and Strategic Planning Advisor before joining the Practice in 1996. With over 20 years’ experience of both public and private sectors, I boast valuable insights into the workings of Local Authority, pressure groups and the development industry. As such, I am the company’s ‘go-to guy’ for local plan site promotion work, Development Control outsourcing from local authorities and major housing developments. I am a fully accredited member of the RTPI.

Ms Denise Knipe MSc, MRTPI  [ E-mail ]

I have 12 years’ experience working within the Public Sector. I have held a number of roles within the Development Control department and studied part-time for a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning Studies at Sheffield Hallam. I graduated in 2009 and gained full accreditation to the Royal Town Planning Institute in 2011. I have experience in a wide range and types of planning applications including pre-application discussions, which include large and small scale residential, agricultural, leisure, tourism, renewable energy, economic and industrial developments.


Agricultural Developments, Barn Conversions, Development Applications, Diversification, Estates, Farms, Horticulture, Liveries, Planning & Development, Small Holdings


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


Ancient Monuments, Archaeology, Conservation Areas, Historic Building Restoration, Historic Towns / Sites, Listed Buildings, Rural Conservation, Urban Conservation, World Heritage Sites

Countryside & Environment

Environmental Impact Assessments, Green Belt, Gypsy / Traveller Sites, Renewable Energy Sources, Rural Regeneration, Tree Preservation Orders, Visual Impact Assessments, Wind Farms



Economic Development

Community Infrastructure Levy - Evidence Studies, Community Infrastructure Levy - Examination, Feasibility Studies, Viability Assessment


City Centre Tall Buildings, Distribution and Warehousing, Offices


Appeals, Remedial Action

Health Planning

Cemeteries, Crematoriums, Health Centres, Nursing Homes


Affordable Housing, Appeals, Applications, Boundaries / Curtilage, Car Parking, Eco-Homes Assessments, Flood Risk Assessements, House Extensions, Housing Needs Studies, Light Issues, Local and Strategic Housing Market Assessments, Objections, Residential Developments, Social Housing, Viability Assessments


Heavy Industry, Light Industry, Mobile Phone Masts, Service Industry, Technological Industry, Telecommunications, Utilities


Appeals, Direct Professional Access to the Bar, Judicial Review, Public Inquiries

Local & Strategic Planning

Area Development Frameworks, Community Plans, Core Strategies, Development Briefs, Development Plan Monitoring, Development Plan Representation, EIP (Examination in Public), Greenbelt, Local Plans, Planning Strategies, Statements of Community Involvement, Sub-regional Planning

Local Authority Services

Development Management

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution

Affordable Housing Viability, Expert Witness, Planning Gain, Section 106 Agreements

Neighbourhood & Community Planning

Community and Stakeholder Consultation Events, Neighbourhood Development Plans, Public Participation, Schools / Community Buildings, Village/Town Appraisals

Renewable Energy

Anaerobic Digestion, Biomass, Energy Efficiency, Solar Power, Wind Power


Environmental Impact Assessment, Feasibility Studies, Housing Needs Assessments, Land Availabiltiy Studies, Research / Surveys, Site Appraisals, Viability and Planning Assessments and Inquiries


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, Playing Fields, Public Houses, Restaurants

Urban Regeneration

Brownfield Sites

Consultancy Profile

Total Staff      8
Total Professional Staff      5
Chartered Town Planners      3

Countries operated in: Europe

United Kingdom

Company Profile

Aspbury Planning Limited is a specialist town planning and development consultancy offering a comprehensive service throughout the United Kingdom. Our senior professional staff are all members of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Why Aspbury?

At Aspbury Planning we focus first and foremost on delivering the very best outcome for you. That means finding out exactly what you want to achieve and doing everything we can to make it happen. Choose Aspbury Planning and we will be with you all the way, expertly guiding you through the complexities of the planning system to realise your vision. This is a winning formula that has worked for our clients for over 30 years.

Our services

In the increasingly complex world of planning and development, we are here to take away your worry and uncertainty. Our experts will consider your project from all angles and formulate a sound planning strategy to optimise your chances of a successful outcome. You can count on us to keep pace with this rapidly changing field, to give up-to-date advice and to present the strongest possible planning case for you.

  • Development appraisals and feasibility studies
  • Site-finding and site appraisals
  • Development plan representations
  • Planning applications and other consents
  • Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA)
  • Heritage Impact Assessments (HIA)
  • Design and Access Statements (DAS)
  • Planning appeals
  • Expert witness
  • Public engagement
  • Housing land supply audits

Our sectors

Our team of planning consultants includes specialists with experience gained in local authority, the housebuilding industry and the building conservation and heritage sector – so we can see things from a range of important perspectives. We will guide you through the complexities of the planning system to turn your vision into a reality.

  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Retail
  • Industrial
  • Community schemes and public institutions
  • Agricultural
  • Urban Regeneration