As one of the largest independent planning practices in the region, Spawforths are experts in conceiving, designing, promoting and delivering creative solutions for a range of development issues. Our Chartered Town Planners have significant expertise in Development Plans, Development Management, Appeals and Environmental Assessment. We are currently leading more than £5 billion of development though the planning system which includes over 30,000 new homes and 17 million sq.ft. of employment and commercial space. In doing so we are working with over 70 communities.

We specialise in housing, developer, commercial, energy and retail development. Our outstanding record of success for Clients is founded upon an in depth understanding of the environment, an empathy and appreciation for people’s needs and expert knowledge of Government policy. All our Planners are fully chartered, professional and specialised in their chosen field. As well as Expert Witness services, we are specialists in Environmental Assessment and are Members of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA) and also hold IEMA’s EIA Quality Mark in recognition of our approach and processes for Environmental Assessment.


Our Masterplanning team focuses on people orientated environments and the strengthening of cities and urban settlements. We work collaboratively and our interdisciplinary team brings together skills in masterplanning, landscape, architecture and planning.


Employing only Chartered Architects with membership of both ARB and the RIBA, our architects not only regularly ensure that our outline planning proposals are deliverable but also deliver high quality and innovative one-off buildings. Our ethos is one of partnership and collaboration but we specialise in housing, education and health. With many award winning schemes under our belt, we work on behalf of both end users and developer clients.

Landscape Architecture

Our landscape architecture team prepare Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments for our Environmental Assessments as well as design and deliver high quality public realm schemes for many of our architectural projects.


We have a dedicated in-house team of community consultation professionals who are familiar with the challenges and opportunities associated with trying to deliver large scale development projects within or adjacent to established communities

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: Sub-regional Planning

Local & Strategic Planning: Development Briefs

Local & Strategic Planning: Local Plans

Local & Strategic Planning: Development Plan Monitoring

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: Conservation Areas

Conservation: Historic Building Restoration

Conservation: Historic Towns / Sites

Conservation: Listed Buildings

Conservation: Urban Conservation

Legal: Advocacy

Legal: Appeals

Legal: Judicial Review

Legal: Direct Professional Access to the Bar

Legal: Public Inquiries

Countryside & Environment: Renewable Energy Sources

Countryside & Environment: Environmental Impact Assessments

Countryside & Environment: Strategic Environmental Appraisals

Countryside & Environment: Environmental Audits

Countryside & Environment: Environmental Statements

Countryside & Environment: Rural Regeneration

Countryside & Environment: Rights of Way

Countryside & Environment: SSSI (Special Sites of Scientific Interest)

Countryside & Environment: Tree Preservation Orders

Countryside & Environment: Visual Impact Assessments

Countryside & Environment: Wind Farms

Countryside & Environment: Green Belt

Agriculture: DEFRA - Consultancy Advice

Agriculture: Agricultural Developments

Agriculture: Barn Conversions

Agriculture: Diversification

Agriculture: Estates

Agriculture: Farms

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

Business: Offices

Design: Design Layout

Design: Architecture

Design: Implementation

Design: Crime Prevention Design

Design: Masterplanning

Design: Urban Design

Economic Development: Inward Investment

Economic Development: Marketing

Economic Development: Development Strategies

Economic Development: Feasibility Studies

Neighbourhood & Community Planning: Community and Stakeholder Consultation Events

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

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: Housing Needs Studies

Housing: Objections

Housing: Residential Developments

Housing: Social Housing

Housing: Code for Sustainable Homes

Housing: Housing Design Layout

Industrial: Heavy Industry

Industrial: Light Industry

Industrial: Minerals / Aggregates / Extraction

Industrial: Mining

Industrial: Oil & Gas

Industrial: Pollution (Air, Water, Noise)

Industrial: Service Industry

Industrial: Technological Industry

Industrial: Utilities

Industrial: Waste Disposal

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution: Expert Witness

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution: Mediation

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution: Planning Gain

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution: Section 106 Agreements

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: Out of Town Sites

Retail: Retail Impact Studies

Retail: Shops

Retail: Supermarkets

Retail: Town Centres

Retail: Town Centre Management

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: Public Houses

Tourism & Leisure: Restaurants

Tourism & Leisure: Stadiums

Tourism & Leisure: Swimming Baths

Tourism & Leisure: Theme Parks

Tourism & Leisure: Tourism

Urban Regeneration: Blight

Urban Regeneration: Brownfield Sites

Urban Regeneration: Compulsory Purchases

Urban Regeneration: European Funding

Urban Regeneration: PPP (Public & Private Partnerships)

Urban Regeneration: Design

Urban Regeneration: Town & City Centre Revitalisation Schemes

Enforcement: Investigation

Enforcement: Appeals

Enforcement: Remedial Action

Renewable Energy: Wind Power

Renewable Energy: Solar Power

Employment: Distribution and Warehousing

Employment: Offices