Planning Direct was born in 2012 and has grown each year since. We are a small and dedicated team of planning consultants and architectural designers, here to assist you with your various planning needs. A ’boutique’ consultancy we aim to be a special place to work for employees and a special place to come for clients. With very high staff retention, client retention and client referrals (now our main source of work) our dedication to doing things differently has made us the leading planning consultancy in Suffolk and No. 1 on Google for many years.

However whilst growth is encouraging we aim to be no bigger than 16 employees believing that is the maximum size we can be whilst retaining our ’boutique’ feel and attention to staff and clients alike.

Our attention to detail includes this website designed and run as a one-stop place for up-to-date planning advice drafted in readable terms useable both for professionals and clients alike.

Please take your time to explore the website and use the search function. If you find a topic we haven’t covered get in touch by phone on 01473 407911 or send us your details via here.

Andrew Cann

Founder / Director

OUR SERVICES

We provide a wide range of planning services across England and Wales, including the comprehensive preparation, submission and management of:

  • Planning applications;
  • Planning appeals; and
  • Planning objections. 

More information about planning applications, planning appeals and planning objections – including what they are, what is involved, how long they take and how much they cost – can be found here.

We take on all shapes and sizes of projects, from very large corporate developments to the smallest of domestic extensions. We recognise that each project is unique and this is reflected in the bespoke approach we take to each and every case.

Our services include undertaking research, conducting site visits, writing statements, producing drawings, processing online submissions and providing comprehensive case management – liaising with developers and decision-makers – all the way through to a decision.

We also work closely with a wide range of independent, specialist consultants and architects throughout the UK to ensure that your unique planning application, appeal or objection is accompanied by the necessary supplemental reports and evidence.

At Planning Direct, our professional integrity is one of our key selling points. If we are honest with potential and existing clients, we think they’re more likely to trust our opinion, recommend us to their friends and family and come back to us if they ever need planning assistance in the future. We will always give you our honest advice, even if it means “losing” work. In our opinion, work is never “lost”, new relationships are built!

You can find out more about the team, our services and some of the projects we’ve worked on in the past by clicking the relevant links. 

COSTS

Our initial advice is always free so please contact us to find out how we can help you.

We provide free, no-obligation quotations by email. You can request one here

Our day rate is competitive and we offer fixed prices for each project individually, depending on how many days of work are required. Our fees start from £299 plus VAT for half a day’s work.  

We always aim to secure you the best possible result at the lowest possible cost. We work hard to keep your expenses down by assertively (and successfully!) challenging councils when they make unreasonable requests for unnecessary and expensive documents.

All applications for planning permission will require a processing fee to be paid to your local council. The fee varies considerably depending on the type of application and/or the site area. You can find out more about application processing fees here

There is no fee to submit an application for Listed Building Consent or a planning objection.

Most planning appeals are free to submit, with just one exception. We may also be able to assist you to recover the costs of your planning appeal. You can find out more about appeal fees and the recovery of appeal costs here.

Unfortunately, there is currently no mechanism to recover planning application or planning objection costs. 

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