WSP's specific services and expert advice cover:

  • Town Planning, including submission of applications, appeals and Development Plan representations
  • The Planning Act 2008 and Development Consent Order process
  • Hybrid Bill process, Transport and Works Act Orders and other legal consents
  • Expert Witness / Public Inquiry Support
  • Planning policy studies – evidence base research and preparation of Development Plan Documents and Supplementary Planning Documents
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), Sustainability Appraisals (SA) and Appropriate Assessments
  • Masterplanning
  • Public consultation, stakeholder engagement and communication
  • Energy planning, including advice on delivery of renewables, decentralised energy networks and low carbon development
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Transport planning, travel model research and development
  • Environmental Services such as acoustics, vibration and air quality, landscape planning, ecology surveys and assessments, land contamination and remediation, flood risk assessment and sustainable drainage advice

Many of our UK team have worked in the public sector providing us a valuable insight into statutory processes, ensuring a focused appropriate approach to our delivery. A number of our planning staff have also worked client-side in the development sector and we provide client-focused and commercially astute advice. One of our major strengths is integration of of planning/consents and environmental assessment specialists. This ensures a holistic and streamlined service where a wider view of consents risks can be taken, ultimately reducing project risk and resulting in higher quality outcomes. Our work on policy development includes reviews of major projects including strategic technical, environmental, financial and economic appraisal. Stakeholder engagement and tailored public consultation are core skills for the planning projects we undertake. We are also experienced at working with all levels of Government on policy appraisal, development and SA/SEA.

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: Minerals Local Plans

Local & Strategic Planning: Transport Plans

Local & Strategic Planning: Waste Local Plans

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

Local & Strategic Planning: Sustainability Appraisal

Conservation: Ancient Monuments

Conservation: Archaeology

Conservation: Design Layout

Conservation: Conservation Areas

Conservation: Ecology

Conservation: Historic Building Restoration

Conservation: Historic Towns / Sites

Conservation: Listed Buildings

Conservation: Rural Conservation

Conservation: Urban Conservation

Conservation: World Heritage Sites

Legal: Appeals

Legal: Judicial Review

Legal: Land Tribunals

Legal: Public Inquiries

Countryside & Environment: Appropriate Assessment (Habitats Regulations)

Countryside & Environment: Green Belt

Countryside & Environment: Code for Sustainable Homes

Countryside & Environment: Renewable Energy Sources

Countryside & Environment: AONB (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty)

Countryside & Environment: Environmental Management Strategies

Countryside & Environment: Country Parks

Countryside & Environment: Coastal Planning

Countryside & Environment: Ecological Surveys

Countryside & Environment: Environmental Impact Assessments

Countryside & Environment: Strategic Environmental Appraisals

Countryside & Environment: Environmental Audits

Countryside & Environment: Environmental Statements

Countryside & Environment: Gypsy / Traveller Sites

Countryside & Environment: National Parks

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: Wetlands

Countryside & Environment: Wildlife Centres / Trusts

Agriculture: DEFRA - Consultancy Advice

Agriculture: Planning & Development

Business: Flood Risk Assessments

Business: Business and Science Parks

Business: Change of Use

Business: Car Parking / Access

Business: Extensions / Alterations of Premises

Business: Lawful Development Certificates

Business: Offices

Design: Design Layout

Design: Architecture

Design: Implementation

Design: Masterplanning

Design: Urban Design

Economic Development: Marketing

Economic Development: Funding Advice

Economic Development: Development Strategies

Economic Development: Funding Applications

Economic Development: Economic Research

Economic Development: Feasibility Studies

Neighbourhood & Community Planning: Public Participation

Neighbourhood & Community Planning: Schools / Community Buildings

Neighbourhood & Community Planning: Village/Town Appraisals

Neighbourhood & Community Planning: Community and Stakeholder Consultation Events

Health Planning: Cemeteries

Health Planning: Crematoriums

Health Planning: Health Centres

Health Planning: Hospices

Health Planning: Hospital

Health Planning: Nursing Homes

Health Planning: BREEAM Assessments

Housing: Eco-Homes Assessments

Housing: Flood Risk Assessements

Housing: Appeals

Housing: Applications

Housing: Car Parking

Housing: Light Issues

Housing: Objections

Housing: Residential Developments

Housing: Code for Sustainable Homes

Industrial: Heavy Industry

Industrial: Light Industry

Industrial: Minerals / Aggregates / Extraction

Industrial: Mining

Industrial: Nuclear

Industrial: Oil & Gas

Industrial: Pollution (Air, Water, Noise)

Industrial: Service Industry

Industrial: Telecommunications

Industrial: Mobile Phone Masts

Industrial: Technological Industry

Industrial: Utilities

Industrial: Waste Disposal

Industrial: Site Design Layout

Information Technology: CAD

Information Technology: GIS

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution: Contractual Disputes

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution: Expert Witness

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution: Mediation

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution: Planning Gain

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution: Section 106 Agreements

Overseas: European Planning Systems

Overseas: Other Planning Systems

Overseas: Overseas Planning and Development

Research: Local and Strategic Housing Market Assessments

Research: Feasibility Studies

Research: Land Availabiltiy Studies

Research: Research / Surveys

Research: Site Appraisals

Research: Environmental Impact Assessment

Retail: Change of Use

Retail: Markets

Retail: Motorway Service Areas

Retail: Out of Town Sites

Retail: Shops

Retail: Supermarkets

Retail: Town Centres

Retail: Town Centre Management

Retail: Site Design Layout

Tourism & Leisure: Hotels

Tourism & Leisure: Marinas

Tourism & Leisure: Tourism

Tourism & Leisure: Wildlife Centres / Zoos

Transport: Airports

Transport: Buses / Coach Stations

Transport: Car Parks

Transport: Cycle Ways

Transport: Motorways

Transport: Ports

Transport: Railways

Transport: Roads

Transport: Rivers / Canals / Waterways

Transport: Traffic Management

Transport: Trams

Transport: Transport Impact Studies

Transport: Underground (Tube) Systems

Transport: Transport planning and design

Transport: Travel Plans

Urban Regeneration: Waterfront Sites

Urban Regeneration: Design

Urban Regeneration: Town & City Centre Revitalisation Schemes

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

Minerals & Waste: Mining

Minerals & Waste: Coal Mining

Minerals & Waste: Waste Recycling

Minerals & Waste: Waste Minimisation

Minerals & Waste: Oil & Gas Exploration

Minerals & Waste: Incineration

Minerals & Waste: Landfill

Marine: Spatial planning

Marine: Conservation

Marine: Energy

Marine: Land use

Marine: Shipping

Marine: Ports

Enforcement: Appeals

Renewable Energy: Wind Power

Renewable Energy: Solar Power

Renewable Energy: Tidal Power

Renewable Energy: BREEAM

Renewable Energy: Biomass

Renewable Energy: Geothermal

Renewable Energy: Energy Efficiency

Renewable Energy: Anaerobic Digestion

Employment: City Centre Tall Buildings

Employment: Distribution and Warehousing

Employment: Offices

Infrastructure: Health Assessments

Infrastructure: Transport Assessments