Planning is About Creating Value
Over the last decade we have established an exemplary track record, working in partnership with our clients and professional partners to successfully tackle the most challenging and complex planning issues.
Millbank Land advises on the full spectrum of planning matters, focusing on our core geographical areas of the London boroughs and the South East. As a result of this targeted focus we have the most up-to-date knowledge of how changing and emerging policies are being applied locally. Our no-nonsense yet honest approach results in good relationships with planners, local politicians and interest groups where we operate.
Given the recent enactment of the Localism Act and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) this approach and a focus on negotiation and inclusion is now more important than ever.
Whether trying to unlock value through attaining, renewing or improving planning permissions, protecting existing asset values or negotiating with the local authority on policy matters, our objective is to meet clients' needs through clear analysis of the issues, identification of opportunities, and the creation and implementation of practical and innovative solutions.
Add value by drawing upon our wider development experience in areas including:
- Pre-purchase planning audits and development strategies
- Planning applications and negotiations
- Community engagement
- Affordable housing consultancy - development viability and toolkit assessments
- Sustainability appraisals
- Renewing and improving existing planning permissions
- Negotiating and renegotiating S106 agreements and CIL
Our Planning Consultancy Services
Planning is becoming increasingly political and technical. We aim to assist clients and other members of their advisory team by providing strategic and tactical advice founded on knowledge and experience. We lead our clients through the complexities of the town planning system whilst delivering profitable, environment-enhancing and sustainable development projects. We tailor our solutions to each client's needs and provide a cost effective and responsive approach to instructions.
We deal with all aspects of the planning process and along with our particular areas of expertise listed above, our core planning consultancy services include:
- Strategic planning
- Planning appeals and public inquiries
- Compulsory purchase advice
- Enforcement action and certificates of lawful use
- Listed buildings and conservation areas
- Local planning and policy representations
- Environmental impact assessments
- Economic assessments
Localism and Sustainability - Additional Services
The Localism Act and the NPPF will transform the way in which developers and landowners engage with communities. The government is keen to encourage engagement rather than tick-box consultation. Listening rather than just talking is now essential to secure planning permission.
This a specialist area and we work in close collaboration with expert external consultants who have been carefully chosen to help us provide a co-ordinated approach. If you want to understand localism and get practical advice on gaining planning consent, we can help.
Similarly, environmental and sustainability considerations significantly impact planning and design. Negotiating complex regulations can be time-consuming and very expensive. A thorough appreciation of these issues is therefore essential.
We work closely with industry experts to embrace the objectives of sustainability whilst conforming to relevant policies in the most straightforward and value enhancing way possible.
The importance of community engagement, environmental protection and sustainability is well understood by the Millbank Group and expertise in these areas is directly available to our clients.
We recognise that every client has unique needs and every property is different.
Applying high-level expertise rooted in the company's long-established land and development experience enables development projects to run smoothly through the planning system.
Clients' interests are looked after throughout the planning process with an experienced but open mind, whilst always making contributions to enhance their property interests.
Our planning consultancy advice is tailor made for each client, reflecting individual needs and priorities in the development of land and property assets.
PS – we can often minimise up-front costs for you by agreeing success related fees and JV or profit-share arrangements.