Define is a practice established by Mark Rose and Andy Williams, providing planning and design professional services from our office in Birmingham city centre.

Define advises both public and private sector clients in respect of the planning, assessment and design of the built environment. We seek to meet the ambitions and expectations of the client body through the promotion and creation of inspirational places to live and work.

In short we:

  • Plan, direct, promote and manage development through the planning system, providing cogent and robust strategy advice and a focus for key stakeholder negotiations;

  • Design streets, spaces and landscapes within the urban environment, and influence the form of built development through the preparation of development masterplans and codes; and

  • Assess development through the iterative environmental impact assessment process, with a specialism in landscape and visual assessment, urban design audits and socio-economic assessments.

Define has a reputation for making the planning system work: "adding value" by unlocking planning consents on constrained sites with our proactive and creative approach. Our project portfolio includes urban residential and mixed-use regeneration schemes, sustainable urban extensions and major infrastructure proposals, as well as universities and hospitals, commercial proposals, and leisure related schemes.

Local & Strategic Planning: Development Briefs

Local & Strategic Planning: Local Plans

Local & Strategic Planning: Development Plan Monitoring

Local & Strategic Planning: Community Plans

Local & Strategic Planning: Development Plan Representation

Local & Strategic Planning: EIP (Examination in Public)

Local & Strategic Planning: Greenbelt

Local & Strategic Planning: Minerals Local Plans

Local & Strategic Planning: Sub-regional Planning

Local & Strategic Planning: Waste Local Plans

Local & Strategic Planning: Statements of Community Involvement

Local & Strategic Planning: Core Strategies

Local & Strategic Planning: Area Development Frameworks

Local & Strategic Planning: Planning Strategies

Conservation: Design Layout

Conservation: Characterisation Studies

Conservation: Townscape Impact Analysis

Conservation: Conservation Areas

Conservation: Historic Towns / Sites

Conservation: Listed Buildings

Conservation: Urban Conservation

Conservation: World Heritage Sites

Legal: Appeals

Legal: Public Inquiries

Countryside & Environment: Green Belt

Countryside & Environment: Country Parks

Countryside & Environment: Renewable Energy Sources

Countryside & Environment: AONB (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty)

Countryside & Environment: Environmental Impact Assessments

Countryside & Environment: Strategic Environmental Appraisals

Countryside & Environment: Environmental Statements

Countryside & Environment: National Parks

Countryside & Environment: Visual Impact Assessments

Countryside & Environment: Wind Farms

Agriculture: Planning & Development

Agriculture: Development Applications

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: Offices

Design: Design Layout

Design: Characterisation Studies

Design: Townscape Impact Analysis

Design: Masterplanning

Design: Urban Design

Economic Development: Development Strategies

Economic Development: Feasibility Studies

Neighbourhood & Community Planning: Planning for Real & Trade

Neighbourhood & Community Planning: Public Participation

Neighbourhood & Community Planning: Schools / Community Buildings

Neighbourhood & Community Planning: Village/Town Appraisals

Neighbourhood & Community Planning: Village Design Statements

Neighbourhood & Community Planning: Community and Stakeholder Consultation Events

Neighbourhood & Community Planning: Neighbourhood Development Plans

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: Car Parking

Housing: Housing Needs Studies

Housing: House Extensions

Housing: Objections

Housing: Residential Developments

Housing: Social Housing

Housing: Housing Design Layout

Housing: Code for Sustainable Homes

Industrial: Site Design Layout

Industrial: Heavy Industry

Industrial: Light Industry

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution: Expert Witness

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution: Planning Gain

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution: Section 106 Agreements

Research: Viability and Planning Assessments and Inquiries

Research: Site Appraisals

Retail: Change of Use

Retail: Motorway Service Areas

Retail: Shops

Retail: Town Centres

Retail: Site Design Layout

Tourism & Leisure: Caravan Parks / Camping Sites

Tourism & Leisure: Golf Courses

Tourism & Leisure: Guest Houses / B&B

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: Restaurants

Tourism & Leisure: Stadiums

Tourism & Leisure: Tourism

Tourism & Leisure: Sport & Recreational Strategies

Transport: Car Parks

Transport: Roads

Transport: Rivers / Canals / Waterways

Urban Regeneration: Brownfield Sites

Urban Regeneration: Rural & Village Schemes

Urban Regeneration: Housing Estate Masterplans

Urban Regeneration: Waterfront Sites

Urban Regeneration: Design

Urban Regeneration: Town & City Centre Revitalisation Schemes

Enforcement: Appeals

Renewable Energy: Wind Power

Renewable Energy: Energy Efficiency

Employment: City Centre Tall Buildings

Employment: Distribution and Warehousing

Employment: Offices