HollissVincent is a small, specialist planning and development consultancy, providing high-quality advice, based on sound evidence gathering, a proper understanding of policy, and an ability to negotiate and find consensus.

The firm was established, by Mike Holliss and Hollie Vincent, in April 2011. We are based in Manchester City Centre, but offer a full range of planning and development advice to clients throughout the North-West, West Midlands and North-East regions, particularly in the retail, leisure and housing sectors.

The Managing Partner, Mike Holliss, has 35 years’ experience as a planning and development consultant, having previously headed up the Manchester Office of Roger Tym & Partners for 22 years. Mike has extensive experience as an advisor to Local Planning Authorities and private-sector clients on town planning, urban regeneration and economic development issues.

HollissVincent specialises in:

  • preparation of the evidence base, mainly on behalf of Local Planning Authority clients, to underpin the town centre and retail policies in their local plans;
  • undertaking audits of evidence submitted in support of planning applications for retail and other main town centre uses, again mainly on behalf of Local Planning Authority clients;
  • preparation of the planning and retail statements in support of applications for retail and mixed-use development, including sequential site appraisals and assessment of cumulative impact in relation to the two tests set out in Paragraph 26 of the National Planning Policy Framework (the NPPF);
  • leading multi-disciplinary teams in the preparation of applications for housing development, with hollissvincent taking the lead in undertaking the five year land supply analysis that underpins the provisions of Paragraph 49 of the NPPF;
  • appraisal of the socio-economic and regeneration impacts of development projects, particularly in relation to net employment and social inclusion impacts;
  • preparation and presentation of expert evidence at public inquiries, examinations in public and in High Court proceedings; and
  • making the case for and against development in the Green Belt, on a proper understanding of the case law in relation to ‘very special circumstances’.

HollissVincent prides itself in its sound understanding of planning case law and frequently acts as the pivotal connection point between clients and their legal advisors.

In the past five years, hollissvincent has acted as the regular retail planning advisor to the following Local Planning Authorities: Birmingham City Council, Sunderland City Council, Trafford Council, Bury Council, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, Knowsley Council, Wolverhampton City Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council, and Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council.

In the private sector, our clients include landowners, such as Sherdley Estates; house builders, such as Baxterhomes; retailers, such as Waitrose; architects, such as CFM Consultants; and restaurant operators, such as Istanbul Grill.

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

Business: Business and Science Parks

Business: Change of Use

Business: Lawful Development Certificates

Business: New Premises

Countryside & Environment: Environmental Impact Assessments

Design: Masterplanning

Economic Development: Inward Investment

Housing: Affordable Housing

Housing: Appeals

Housing: Applications

Housing: Boundaries / Curtilage

Housing: Housing Needs Studies

Housing: House Extensions

Housing: Objections

Housing: Social Housing

Industrial: Heavy Industry

Industrial: Light Industry

Legal: Appeals

Legal: Covenants

Legal: Judicial Review

Legal: Land Tribunals

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

Local & Strategic Planning: Sub-regional Planning

Research: Feasibility Studies

Research: Land Availabiltiy Studies

Research: Research / Surveys

Research: Site Appraisals

Retail: Change of Use

Retail: Factory Outlet Centres

Retail: Markets

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: Golf Courses

Tourism & Leisure: Family Entertainment Centres

Tourism & Leisure: Fast Food / Take Away Outlets

Tourism & Leisure: Health Clubs

Tourism & Leisure: Hotels

Tourism & Leisure: Marinas

Tourism & Leisure: Public Houses

Tourism & Leisure: Restaurants

Tourism & Leisure: Stadiums

Tourism & Leisure: Swimming Baths

Tourism & Leisure: Theme Parks

Transport: Trams

Urban Regeneration: Brownfield Sites

Urban Regeneration: Compulsory Purchases

Economic Development: Funding Advice

Economic Development: Development Strategies

Economic Development: Funding Applications

Economic Development: Economic Research

Economic Development: Feasibility Studies

Agriculture: Planning & Development

Agriculture: Development Viabilities

Agriculture: Development Applications

Marine: Spatial planning

Marine: Conservation

Marine: Land use

Enforcement: Appeals

Local & Strategic Planning: Statements of Community Involvement

Local & Strategic Planning: Core Strategies

Research: Local and Strategic Housing Market Assessments

Research: Housing Needs Assessments

Research: Viability and Planning Assessments and Inquiries

Employment: Distribution and Warehousing

Employment: Offices

Neighbourhood & Community Planning: Community and Stakeholder Consultation Events

Countryside & Environment: Green Belt

Countryside & Environment: Code for Sustainable Homes

Design: Implementation

Local & Strategic Planning: Area Development Frameworks

Local & Strategic Planning: Planning Strategies

Urban Regeneration: Town & City Centre Revitalisation Schemes

Urban Regeneration: Joint Venture Partnerships

Business: Offices

Housing: Code for Sustainable Homes

Infrastructure: Duty to Cooperate

Neighbourhood & Community Planning: Independent Assessor

Economic Development: Viability Assessment

Employment: Impact Tests

Housing: Viability Assessments

Housing: Local and Strategic Housing Market Assessments

Local Authority Services: Development Management

Local Authority Services: Local Plan Making

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution: Affordable Housing Viability

Research: Environmental Impact Assessment

Research: Sectoral Housing Support Studies

Retail: Impact Tests

Local & Strategic Planning: Duty to Cooperate

Local & Strategic Planning: Sustainability Appraisal

Local & Strategic Planning: Sustainability Statements

Local & Strategic Planning: Development Plan - Viability Assessments