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Planning Branch Ltd

Limited Company | www.planningbranch.com

Unit 1, Mereside
Greenbank Road
Eden Business Park
CA11 9FB

Telephone: 01768 865656
Fax: N/A
Mobile: 07904 817986
Contact: Mrs Anthea Jones

Email: admin@planningbranch.com

Website: www.planningbranch.com


Unit 1, Mereside
Greenbank Road
Eden Business Park
CA11 9FB

Telephone: 01768 865656
Fax: N/A
Mobile: 07904 817986
Contact: Mrs Anthea Jones

Email: admin@planningbranch.com

Mrs Anthea Jones B.SC. (Hons), MA, MRTPI, MArbA  [ E-mail ]

Mr Tim Wilson BA (Hons)  [ E-mail ]

Ms Amber Stockdale  [ E-mail ]

Mr Alanzon Chan BA (Hons), MSc  [ E-mail ]

Mrs Pauline Pattinson  [ E-mail ]


Agricultural Developments, Barn Conversions, DEFRA - Consultancy Advice, Development Applications, Development Viabilities, 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, Conservation Areas, Design Layout, Historic Building Restoration, Historic Towns / Sites, Listed Buildings, Rural Conservation, Urban Conservation, World Heritage Sites

Countryside & Environment

AONB (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty), Appropriate Assessment (Habitats Regulations), Coastal Planning, Code for Sustainable Homes, Country Parks, Environmental Impact Assessments, Environmental Statements, Green Belt, Gypsy / Traveller Sites, National Parks, Renewable Energy Sources, Rights of Way, Rural Regeneration, SSSI (Special Sites of Scientific Interest), Tree Preservation Orders, Visual Impact Assessments, Wetlands, Wildlife Centres / Trusts, Wind Farms


Architecture, Crime Prevention Design, Design Layout, Masterplanning, Urban Design

Economic Development

Development Strategies, Economic Research, Feasibility Studies


Distribution and Warehousing, Offices


Appeals, Investigation, Remedial Action

Health Planning

Nursing Homes


Affordable Housing, Appeals, Applications, Boundaries / Curtilage, Car Parking, Code for Sustainable Homes, Flood Risk Assessements, House Extensions, Housing Design Layout, Housing Needs Studies, Light Issues, Objections, Residential Developments, Social Housing


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

Information Technology

Development Control Application Systems, GIS, Internet, Local Authority IT Guidance / Systems

Local & Strategic Planning

Development Briefs, Development Plan Representation, Greenbelt, Local Plans, Statements of Community Involvement

Minerals & Waste

Waste Recycling

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution

Expert Witness, Planning Gain, Section 106 Agreements

Neighbourhood & Community Planning

Community and Stakeholder Consultation Events, Planning for Real ™, Public Participation, Schools / Community Buildings, Village Design Statements, Village/Town Appraisals

Renewable Energy

Anaerobic Digestion, Biomass, Solar Power, Wind Power


Feasibility Studies, Housing Needs Assessments, Land Availabiltiy Studies, Local and Strategic Housing Market Assessments, 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, Site Design Layout, Supermarkets, Town Centre Management, Town Centres

Tourism & Leisure

Caravan Parks / Camping Sites, Cinemas, Fast Food / Take Away Outlets, Golf Courses, Guest Houses / B&B, Health Clubs, Hotels, Playing Fields, Public Houses, Restaurants, Sport & Recreational Strategies, Stadiums, Swimming Baths, Tourism, Wildlife Centres / Zoos


Car Parks, Cycle Ways, Travel Plans

Urban Regeneration

Brownfield Sites, Design

Consultancy Profile

Total Staff      5
Total Professional Staff      3
Chartered Town Planners      3
Landscape & Environment Professionals      1
Conservation Professionals      1

Planning Branch is an established and growing local planning and tree consultancy who pride themselves on an honest and comprehensive approach to planning, producing high quality work and achieving the best results for their clients, whatever their needs.

We are based in Penrith, and work all over Cumbria, Lancashire, Yorkshire and the North East.

As a small consultancy we have developed a wide range of specialism’s and abilities. We also have a comprehensive list of professional consultants to provide the services we cannot provide ourselves, including Architects, Ecologists, Surveyors and Highways Engineers.

Planning Branch draws on the considerable expertise of their professional staff who have both worked in Local Planning Authorities in Cumbria, Durham and South West Scotland, working up to Manager of Development Control and Senior Planner Levels. Between them they have over 26 years experience working in and with Local Planning Authorities. This has resulted in excellent working relationships with the Local Authorities, and working knowledge of the local policies and interpretation.

Our aim is simple; to be honest in our advice, to be approachable, and to achieve a high standard of work with results that are in our Clients best interests. This ensures a high level of repeat business and recommendations.

We have a qualified Arboriculturist on staff, and are also qualified to carry out Agricultural Appraisals.

The majority of our cases relate to rural based schemes, however we are happy to help with all aspects of planning applications and advice, including:

  • Pre Application Advice;
  • Agricultural Workers Dwellings;
  • Arboricultural advice & Tree Surveys;
  • New Houses;
  • Extensions to houses;
  • Submission of Land for Allocation by Local Authorities;
  • Screening Opinions;
  • Appeals (Written Representations, Informal Hearings and Public Inquiries);
  • Heritage Statements;
  • Affordable Housing; and
  • Lawful Development Certificates
  • Enforcement

Recent projects include: a large mixed use scheme of 46 houses, hotel and business units in the Lake District National Park, new agricultural workers dwellings, redevelopment of houses, agricultural buildings, barn conversions for dwellings and holiday lets, screening opinions for Wind Farms, and community based redevelopment scheme in a Conservation Area.