Apcar Smith Planning

NameApcar Smith Planning

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.

Legal: Direct Professional Access to the Bar

Legal: Public Inquiries

Local & Strategic Planning: Development Briefs

Local & Strategic Planning: Local Plans

Local & Strategic Planning: Development Plan Monitoring

Conservation: Conservation Areas

Conservation: Listed Buildings

Conservation: Urban Conservation

Agriculture: Barn Conversions

Agriculture: Diversification

Business: Advertisements / Canopies / Blinds

Business: Business and Science Parks

Business: Change of Use

Business: Car Parking / Access

Business: Enforcement

Business: Extensions / Alterations of Premises

Business: Lawful Development Certificates

Business: New Premises

Business: Working from Home

Housing: Housing Design Layout

Health Planning: Cemeteries

Health Planning: Crematoriums

Health Planning: Health Centres

Health Planning: Hospices

Health Planning: Hospital

Health Planning: Nursing Homes

Housing: Affordable Housing

Housing: Appeals

Housing: Applications

Housing: Boundaries / Curtilage

Housing: Car Parking

Housing: Housing Needs Studies

Housing: House Extensions

Housing: Light Issues

Housing: Objections

Housing: Residential Developments

Housing: Social Housing

Industrial: Heavy Industry

Industrial: Light Industry

Industrial: Service Industry

Industrial: Technological Industry

Industrial: Utilities

Legal: Advocacy

Legal: Appeals

Legal: Covenants

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution: Expert Witness

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution: Planning Gain

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution: Section 106 Agreements

Local & Strategic Planning: Development Plan Representation

Local & Strategic Planning: EIP (Examination in Public)

Local & Strategic Planning: Greenbelt

Research: Feasibility Studies

Research: Land Availabiltiy Studies

Research: Research / Surveys

Research: Site Appraisals

Retail: Advertisements / Canopies / Blinds

Retail: Car Boot Sales

Retail: Change of Use

Retail: Factory Outlet Centres

Retail: Markets

Retail: Motorway Service Areas

Retail: Out of Town Sites

Retail: Retail Impact Studies

Retail: Shops

Retail: Supermarkets

Retail: Town Centres

Tourism & Leisure: Amusement Centres

Tourism & Leisure: Caravan Parks / Camping Sites

Tourism & Leisure: Cinemas

Tourism & Leisure: Golf Courses

Tourism & Leisure: Guest Houses / B&B

Tourism & Leisure: Family Entertainment Centres

Tourism & Leisure: Fast Food / Take Away Outlets

Tourism & Leisure: Health Clubs

Tourism & Leisure: Hotels

Tourism & Leisure: Marinas

Tourism & Leisure: Parks

Tourism & Leisure: Playing Fields

Tourism & Leisure: Public Houses

Tourism & Leisure: Rambling

Tourism & Leisure: Restaurants

Tourism & Leisure: Stadiums

Tourism & Leisure: Swimming Baths

Tourism & Leisure: Theme Parks

Tourism & Leisure: Tourism

Tourism & Leisure: Wildlife Centres / Zoos