Ryden is one of the largest independent commercial property consultants headquartered in Scotland. We have 38 Partners and over 110 staff across seven offices in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London and Manchester.

Ryden’s Planning and Research team specialises in providing town planning advice and property market research across a range of sectors and can draw on the experience of our agency, development and valuation teams to provide clients with comprehensive property advice.

In 2017 Ryden agreed a merger with niche Scottish planning consultancy practice Muir Smith Evans. The merged firms operate under the Ryden name. The deal created a market-leading planning and research consultancy team operating throughout Scotland with the potential to expand further across the UK.

Our clients include property and land owners, occupiers, housebuilders, developers, retailers, investors, universities, health trusts, local authorities and the Scottish Government.

Ryden can be employed by the public sector in Scotland through the Crown Commercial Service under the Estates Professional Services Framework RM3816.

We provide the following services:

  • Development Advice: identify sites and resolve planning issues associated with new development to ensure clients achieve their objectives.
  • Planning Representations, Applications and Appeals: prepare Development Plan representations and objections as part of a co-ordinated strategy to promote sites for development. Prepare, submit and manage planning applications and any subsequent appeals. Negotiate conditions and developer contributions.
  • Development Briefs and Masterplans: prepare and negotiate planning briefs, development frameworks and masterplans to maximise development opportunities and enhance land value.
  • Economic Development, Urban Expansion and Regeneration: undertake economic impact assessments, retail impact assessments and provide general market analysis and advice.
  • Expert Witness: act as witnesses on a range of issues at examinations in public, hearings and appeals on behalf of private and public sector clients.
  • Feasibility Studies and Option Appraisals: assess values, risks and returns, combining skills in planning, economics and valuation.
  • Property Market Research: provide local, regional and national market studies/forecasts and in-depth analysis of supply and demand across all commercial property sectors.
  • Regeneration Funding: advice on funding and finance opportunities, highlighting advantages/disadvantages relative to particular schemes.

For more information visit Ryden's website

Legal: Direct Professional Access to the Bar

Legal: Public Inquiries

Local & Strategic Planning: Development Briefs

Local & Strategic Planning: Development Plan Monitoring

Conservation: Conservation Areas

Conservation: Listed Buildings

Agriculture: Agricultural Developments

Agriculture: Estates

Business: Business and Science Parks

Business: Change of Use

Business: Enforcement

Business: Extensions / Alterations of Premises

Business: Lawful Development Certificates

Business: New Premises

Countryside & Environment: National Parks

Countryside & Environment: Rural Regeneration

Countryside & Environment: Wind Farms

Housing: Housing Design Layout

Design: Masterplanning

Economic Development: Marketing

Neighbourhood & Community Planning: Public Participation

Housing: Affordable Housing

Housing: Appeals

Housing: Applications

Housing: Car Parking

Housing: Housing Needs Studies

Housing: Objections

Housing: Residential Developments

Housing: Social Housing

Industrial: Heavy Industry

Industrial: Light Industry

Industrial: Minerals / Aggregates / Extraction

Industrial: Oil & Gas

Industrial: Service Industry

Industrial: Technological Industry

Industrial: Waste Disposal

Legal: Appeals

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution: Expert Witness

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution: Planning Gain

Local & Strategic Planning: Development Plan Representation

Local & Strategic Planning: EIP (Examination in Public)

Research: Feasibility Studies

Research: Land Availabiltiy Studies

Research: Site Appraisals

Retail: Change of Use

Retail: Out of Town Sites

Retail: Retail Impact Studies

Retail: Shops

Retail: Supermarkets

Retail: Town Centres

Urban Regeneration: Brownfield Sites

Minerals & Waste: Minerals/Aggregates Extraction

Minerals & Waste: Incineration

Minerals & Waste: Landfill

Economic Development: Funding Advice

Economic Development: Development Strategies

Economic Development: Funding Applications

Economic Development: Economic Research

Economic Development: Feasibility Studies

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution: Section 75 Agreements

Agriculture: Planning & Development

Agriculture: Development Viabilities

Agriculture: Development Applications

Enforcement: Appeals

Research: Viability and Planning Assessments and Inquiries

Employment: Distribution and Warehousing

Employment: Offices

Neighbourhood & Community Planning: Community and Stakeholder Consultation Events

Design: Implementation

Industrial: Site Design Layout

Business: Offices

Design: Design Layout