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And now for something completely different

About Firstplan

Firstplan is a leading independent planning consultancy providing specialist advice on all aspects of town planning. Firstplan works nationally throughout the UK, with both private and public sector clients and has excellent relations with many planning departments.

Our approach

The success of Firstplan is down to the planning skills and expertise of our people. Our directors are among the most experienced in private practice and are supported by an excellent team. Every project, large or small, is managed by a Firstplan director.

Changing economic times and continued government reforms call for a different approach to development and planning. The emphasis at Firstplan is on finding creative ways to work within the planning system to provide our clients with realistic, viable planning solutions.

Planning services

We offer a complete range of planning services and can assist at all stages of the development process, providing a tailored approach to each instruction. Our services include:

Planning Applications, Planning Appeals, Site Promotion, Heritage Planning, Site Appraisals, Community Engagement, Asset Management, Planning Enforcement, EIA Planning, Mineral and Waste Planning, Retail Planning & Planning Objections

The practice has expertise, experience and knowledge across all key planning sectors from major town centre regeneration projects through to small scale residential development with Firstplan Directors specialising in different areas of planning.

Example of Projects

A comprehensive portfolio of our work can be found on our website at Firstplan

Local & Strategic Planning: Development Briefs

Local & Strategic Planning: Local Plans

Local & Strategic Planning: Development Plan Monitoring

Conservation: Conservation Areas

Conservation: Historic Building Restoration

Conservation: Historic Towns / Sites

Conservation: Listed Buildings

Conservation: Rural Conservation

Conservation: Urban Conservation

Business: Advertisements / Canopies / Blinds

Business: Change of Use

Business: Car Parking / Access

Business: Enforcement

Business: Extensions / Alterations of Premises

Business: Lawful Development Certificates

Business: New Premises

Neighbourhood & Community Planning: Schools / Community Buildings

Housing: Affordable Housing

Housing: Appeals

Housing: Applications

Housing: Boundaries / Curtilage

Housing: Car Parking

Housing: House Extensions

Housing: Objections

Housing: Residential Developments

Housing: Social Housing

Industrial: Heavy Industry

Industrial: Light Industry

Industrial: Minerals / Aggregates / Extraction

Local & Strategic Planning: Development Plan Representation

Local & Strategic Planning: EIP (Examination in Public)

Retail: Advertisements / Canopies / Blinds

Retail: Change of Use

Retail: Factory Outlet Centres

Retail: Out of Town Sites

Retail: Retail Impact Studies

Retail: Shops

Retail: Supermarkets

Retail: Town Centres

Retail: Town Centre Management

Tourism & Leisure: Cinemas

Tourism & Leisure: Fast Food / Take Away Outlets

Tourism & Leisure: Health Clubs

Tourism & Leisure: Hotels

Tourism & Leisure: Public Houses

Tourism & Leisure: Restaurants

Tourism & Leisure: Tourism

Transport: Car Parks

Urban Regeneration: Brownfield Sites

Minerals & Waste: Mineral Local Plans

Minerals & Waste: Waste Disposal

Minerals & Waste: Minerals/Aggregates Extraction

Minerals & Waste: Quarries

Minerals & Waste: Waste Local Plans

Agriculture: Planning & Development

Enforcement: Investigation

Enforcement: Appeals

Enforcement: Remedial Action

Enforcement: Prosecution

Employment: City Centre Tall Buildings

Employment: Distribution and Warehousing

Employment: Offices

Neighbourhood & Community Planning: Community and Stakeholder Consultation Events

Local & Strategic Planning: Planning Strategies

Urban Regeneration: Waterfront Sites

Urban Regeneration: Town & City Centre Revitalisation Schemes

Business: Offices

Infrastructure: Schools Planning

Economic Development: Viability Assessment

Employment: Impact Tests

Retail: Impact Tests