WHALEBACK is a Planning and Design consultancy providing comprehensive professional planning services to individuals, private, public and community clients. We are a partnership of planners, designers and architects providing integrated and affordable expertise.

Contact us for a discussion of your requirements with no obligation with the details at the 'Professional Staff Listings' tab above/left or via info@whaleback.co.uk

Services include:

  • Planning applications of all types and sizes from house extensions and alterations to larger development;
  • Planning appeals;
  • Design and architectural advice and plans;
  • ‘Permitted development’ advice;
  • Lawful Development Certificates;
  • Enforcement matters;
  • Rural projects (farm diversification, holiday lets and equestrian);
  • Heritage and listed building advice and applications /appeals;
  • Site appraisals and feasibility advice;
  • Pre-application submission and negotiation;
  • Representation letters for supporters or objectors;
  • Retail and commercial applications (including prior approvals and changes of use);
  • Environmental Impact Assessments;
  • Project management;
  • Planning policy and forward planning work (including document preparation and evidence gathering);
  • Site promotion and representation.

No-obligation initial consultation

Contact us for a discussion of your requirements with no obligation. We offer a free initial consultation, scope and fixed-fee quote. We offer affordable and highly competitive fees and will tailor packages to accommodate your circumstances.

Our approach

Our consultants work with you from the start to finish of the development process from initial advice, through design, planning and delivery or any specific stages you require and work to your requirements and brief. We are very responsive in communication with clients and can deliver work at short notice, accommodating most timescales.

Our ethos is that specialist knowledge of the local context including landscape, architectural, planning and environmental qualities of the area enables our work to be well integrated and successful and we work closely with council planning officers and community representatives to secure support as often as possible.


Based in Sussex we serve an area that covers the South Downs National Park and the districts of Winchester, East Hampshire, Chichester, Adur, Worthing, Arun, Horsham, Wealden, Mid Sussex, Brighton and Hove, Lewes and Eastbourne.

Our name is a reference to Rudyard Kipling's quote about the landscape of the South Downs: "Our blunt, bow-headed, whale-backed Downs."

Contact us

Contact details under the 'Professional Staff Listings' tab above/left, or:

Email: info@whaleback.co.uk

Website: https://www.whaleback.co.uk/

Local & Strategic Planning: Development Plan Monitoring

Conservation: Conservation Areas

Conservation: Listed Buildings

Conservation: Rural Conservation

Conservation: Urban Conservation

Agriculture: Barn Conversions

Agriculture: Estates

Agriculture: Farms

Agriculture: Horticulture

Agriculture: Small Holdings

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

Housing: Housing Design Layout

Design: Masterplanning

Design: Urban Design

Neighbourhood & Community Planning: Village/Town Appraisals

Neighbourhood & Community Planning: Village Design Statements

Housing: Affordable Housing

Housing: Appeals

Housing: Applications

Housing: Objections

Housing: Residential Developments

Housing: Social Housing

Local & Strategic Planning: EIP (Examination in Public)

Research: Site Appraisals

Tourism & Leisure: Guest Houses / B&B

Tourism & Leisure: Tourism

Agriculture: Planning & Development

Local & Strategic Planning: Sustainability Appraisal

Local & Strategic Planning: Sustainability Statements

Urban Regeneration: Rural & Village Schemes

Urban Regeneration: Housing Estate Masterplans