We combine local knowledge with national expertise across the UK and provide expert advice throughout a project, combining strategic thinking with careful negotiation and a focus on delivery.
With a client base that includes landowners, developers, investors, regional development agencies and local authorities, we approach each project first by fully understanding and then striving to achieve our clients' objectives.
Our comprehensive service offering includes advising on economic viability, planning, regeneration and development for private and public sector clients involving a wide range of uses and development sectors.
Our industry-leading research into the planning process and tall buildings is helping to inform some of the most important decisions affecting the capital's status as a global city.
Our expertise and experience in preparing outline and detailed planning applications and our skill and determination in negotiations have secured consent for proposals in all sectors of the development industry.
This is often the case where success may have seemed improbable before our involvement. Undertaking Section 106 negotiations and the provision of viability advice in connection with them, which has become significantly important to secure such consents, regularly feature in this work. This has often involved the need for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and addressing heritage issues relating to Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas and securing Listed Building and Conservation Area Consents.
We handle other applications including S191 & S192 applications to secure Lawful Development Certificates and provide advice, generally, on the appropriate planning process to achieve the client’s objectives.
Our clients include some of the largest and most active developers in the UK.
Our Planning, Development and Regeneration expertise includes staff with considerable experience as expert witnesses acting on behalf of clients, either by way of written representations, or at Informal Hearing, Public Inquiries and Tribunals.
We seek to promote and protect our clients' interests through the development plan process and have presented Local Plan Inquiries and Examinations in Public. We represent clients at some of the most high profile and prestigious projects across the UK. This has involved major airport terminals (T5), Central Area schemes, large scale retail, residential and mixed use proposals together with wind farm proposals.
We are always conscious of the trust that clients have placed in us and strive to ensure that their objectives are secured and their interests carefully protected while also maintaining appropriate professionalism and independence as expert witnesses in accordance with relevant RICS and RTPI codes of conduct.
Our Strategic Communications team uses its unique position within our property and development consultancy to provide a bespoke and commercial offer to a wide range of organisations across the development spectrum.
Our goal is to ensure our clients have the necessary level of political support to secure successful planning applications and developments. By understanding our clients’ businesses and by working closely with our property and planning teams, we help them to create, develop and enhance their interests.
Our team has developed a reputation for delivering support and permissions whatever and wherever the project. We pride ourselves on being able to develop relationships in new areas quickly and have become the consultancy of choice for a growing number of clients in the public and private sector.
Our experience covers every sector, including residential, retail, commercial, infrastructure, leisure, hotels, healthcare and education and we are already bringing our services to bear for existing clients, as well as helping the wider business secure new opportunities.
At the core of our service offer is the recognition that every project and every business is different, which ensures we develop bespoke strategies that are effective.
The Government remains committed to the 'plan-led' system for development which is informed by a robust evidence base and upfront consultation.
We guide clients through this complex process by identifying the appropriate time to become involved, developing a strategic case to suit long and short-term development requirements. This includes making representations at the appropriate time within the plan-making process to promote and protect development interests and, if appropriate, presenting evidence at Development Plan public examinations.
We also undertake a range of studies for local authorities and advise on the formulation of their policies within Local Development Frameworks.
Our services include:
We advise on development in conservation areas or for development affecting listed buildings and ancient monuments.
We produce detailed conservation area character assessments and heritage statements for proposals where these are required.
Through negotiations with local planning authorities, and with English Heritage and conservation groups, our professional expertise enables the practice to secure appropriate consents for development in sensitive locations.
Land assembly and the provision of necessary infrastructure are integral features of the development process and can entail the compulsory acquisition of land in private ownership.
The practice has wide experience, acting for both the acquiring authority and the appropriated party, to allow for the promotion of major development, often via assembling sites for comprehensive city centre schemes.
We negotiate the appropriate compensation, whether acting for the acquiring body or those whose interests are acquired. We appear at CPO Public Inquiries and Lands Tribunals on behalf of public and private sector clients.
Compulsory purchase of land and buildings is an important tool in delivering the infrastructure and regeneration necessary to maintain our national and local economies. Find out more about Compulsory Purchase and Compensation here.
Good development advice requires solid planning and development expertise, together with specialist knowledge across the full range of property sectors.
We have the in-house expertise to assess development potential and obtain the required permissions.
Land assembly is an essential ingredient of development and we have considerable experience of the acquisition of land and property to enable development. Services include:
With ever rising levels of complexity in applications for infrastructure development, we have been steadily increasing our planning capabilities for these demanding projects.
We offer a truly national service in relation to renewable energy utilities, minerals and waste planning in addition to our Environmental Impact Assessment capabilities. Our experience of consenting issues and policy requirements also places us in a strong position to instruct and manage a wide range of specialist and technical consultants so as to achieve our clients’ objectives at all times.
We are a member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).
This service is tailored to the client's requirements and can range from an appraisal of the prospects of planning success for a specific proposal for a site, through to an overall assessment of development potential that includes viability and valuation input.
We are experienced in identifying the critical policy and design issues likely to affect the development potential of sites and buildings and in advising how these should be addressed.
We are experienced in the provision of financial viability modelling as part of the planning process. This ensures S.106 and other planning and development tariffs (including affordable housing) are at levels which will ensure easy delivery of viable developments.
We offer clients viability input throughout the site assembly, design and phasing process and ensure a deliverable product for onward sale or occupation.
Our infrastructure and development consents (DCO) integrated service brings together the combined intelligence of leading experts in Planning, CPO, EIA and Consultation, focusing on major energy, transport and community infrastructure projects.
Our services include:
Successful regeneration is underpinned by a comprehensive, well-researched approach which takes account of the client's needs, economic and commercial realities, including market failures, and is delivered through strong partnership working.
Our regeneration experts combine skills in planning, development, economic and stakeholder engagement to provide informed advice throughout the regeneration process. We advise a range of clients including local authorities, regional development agencies, developers and investors.
Our core services include:
Development Frameworks must be based on an understanding of economic and commercial realities, and test alternative policy options.
They must draw together and coordinate the activities of a range of stakeholders with a clear focus on delivery. A significant body of evidence to assess need for development as well as its economic, social and environmental impacts is often necessary to support planning applications.
We bring together expertise in economics, planning, development and regeneration with local knowledge and understanding to provide robust research studies to inform local and sub-regional planning and support and justify development schemes.
Our services include:
We are a multi-disciplinary practice and offer a diverse range of services that can assist with reviewing your existing office sites, advise whether there is an opportunity to capitalise on the emerging changes to the office to residential Permitted Development rights.
The Permitted Development rights came into force on 30 May 2013 and applies throughout England & Wales, with the exception of certain areas within 17 Local Authorities which the Department for Communities and Local Government has defined as nationally important office locations. The plans showing these areas are available here.
Our integrated approach to Development Consultancy enables us to advise on all aspects of the process from scheme conception, building services, planning (if required) through to individual unit disposal. The headings below demonstrate the services available.
Successive revisions to EIA legislation and associated (EIA) documents means that specialist advice is essential to assess whether EIA is required and if so how to manage the process.
We have responded to this growing agenda by providing a suite of specialist services, including:
Working throughout the UK, we use our network of regional offices to build teams according to the specific requirements of each and every project.
GL Hearn, part of Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure is a member of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA).
Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure work with public and private sector organisations to design, build and optimise their real estate and infrastructure assets. From thought to finish, we apply our combined expertise to achieve more from the entire built environment.
We build competitive advantage through intelligently applied real estate and infrastructure solutions and enhance our clients’ standing in a forever-changing world.