Directions Planning Consultancy provides comprehensive planning advice in relation to preparing, negotiating and submitting planning applications.

This includes undertaking preliminary assessments of the requirements of the planning system, advising on any risks, and suggesting pragmatic ways of addressing issues before proposals are finalised.

If the local planning authority is not minded to approve the application then we can advise on the risks associated with appealing against refusal of planning permission. We can then subsequently submit an appeal to the planning Inspectorate.

Our Expertise

Directions Planning Consultancy has experience of managing planning applications for all manner of proposals from certificate of lawfulness, to 'enabling' development, to establishing temporary uses.

We can take forward planning applications of all scales - from house extensions to mixed use urban extensions.

We have experience of most types of development proposal, including householder, residential, commercial, retail, care homes and agriculture.

We have experience of appealing against refusal of planning permission for a wide variety of situations, including development within the Green Belt, to remove planning conditions, for non-determination of planning applications and where enforcement action has been initiated by the local planning authority.

Our Experience
Harrogate Borough Council

We are currently the most active planning consultancy based in Harrogate district where we submit planning applications for a variety of different scaled proposals, which include architecturally led houses within Conservation Area, alterations to Listed buildings, schemes for residential development, change of use proposals, conversion of agricultural buildings, new agricultural buildings and new commercial development.

Beverley, East Riding

Planning permission was secured for 55 houses, which involved the erection of 30 new build dwellings within the grounds of a Listed building. The Listed building was converted into 25 apartments, which included a number of structural alterations to create additional accommodation within the roof. The viability of the scheme meant East Riding District Council agreed there would be no affordable housing requirement.

Piccadilly, City of York

After extensive pre-application discussions with Historic England and city of York Council, plus other consultees including the Environment Agency and Civic Trust, planning permission was secured for a 140 bed hotel with a separate block of 8 apartments on the banks of the River Foss. The application required project managing to work through the various technical and policy constraints, which existing because of the riverside location within a conservation area. The site was rich with archaeology and prone to some flooding, and City of York Council wished to protect wider aspirations to regenerate the wider area through securing the route of a new walkway. The application was granted planning permission and the site has now been sold to a local hotel operator for construction.


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