Chartered Town Planning Consultants
What our clients say
SM Planning helped us achieve a positive outcome on the first try with a complicated planning application that involved a conservation zone in Haringey and a site that had a history of refused planning applications. They worked very well with our architect and communication was excellent throughout the process. Highly recommended.
Very happy with SM Planning's work on our planning application. Their excellent knowledge of our council (Haringey) meant we were able to head off any issues before they were raised, saving time and money. And our application ended up successful first time!
SM Planning were recommended to me by a business colleague to obtain consent to alter the frontage of a property we own. Throughout the process, I found the tam at SM Planning professional, knowledgeable, efficient and very easy to deal with. Suffice to say, planning was approved! I would have no hesitation in using them again, and recommend them very highly.
We would highly recommend SM Planning. We put through two separate applications; SM Planning had their work cut out, but due to their invaluable knowledge and experience they got both applications approved. Brilliant communication, help and advice from Stuart Minty and James Dawe who offered a clear breakdown of the process and answered any questions we had. We genuinely felt we were in safe hands and James was unflappable, going above and beyond to get our applications approved. It was extremely refreshing working with a company who were so professional, friendly, punctual and experienced all in one package. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend SM Planning. Brilliant.
Very good service in objecting to a planning application. Tigerish attention to detail, no stone left unturned or aspect ignored, responsive to my questions and suggestions, good follow-up with the Council. On edit ... applicant posted a revised application, and SM Planning returned to the fray with a further letter of objections, which was this time successful. Entirely satisfactory service and outcome.
SM Planning advised us during our planning appeal and simultaneous resubmission for planning permission. Stuart and his team are genuinely superb - they have a deep and detailed understanding of relevant policies and the local area. Their guidance was excellent and much appreciated. So grateful that Stuart took the time to engage with our questions and concerns. Really would recommend!
Stuart Minty and James Dawe provided planning services throughout what was a complex planning application with a notoriously challenging local authority. We were ultimately successful and James in particular was instrumental in making that happen. I wouldn't hesitate to use SM Planning again or recommend them to others. First Class service.
SM Planning acted as planning consultants for a client of mine . The project was located in the London Borough of Camden. They were knowledgeable, professional, friendly and reliable. They demonstrated excellent knowledge of Camden's planning process and regulations. They were very clear about their options and communicated with my client regularly throughout the planning approval process. They have also liaised with the council and all other relevant parties on my client's behalf in a very professional and efficient way. Their fees were very reasonable and my clients would not hesitate in recommending them. Stuart and his team are a pleasure to work with and they will certainly be using their services again for any future projects they may have.
The SM Planning team achieved multiple positive outcomes for us in obtaining planning consent, in stark contrast to our prior attempts without them. I would gladly work with them again.
I contacted SM Planning with a complex planning problem within the Camden borrow. They delivered a clear and detailed advice on how to move forward. Their insight was invaluable and I can recommend them for any size project.
I recently faced very strong opposition and a firm rejection from my local planning office at Lambeth Council to build an extension and additional floor on the top of my two bedroom detached house within a conservation area. However I was introduced to the services of Stuart Minty at SM Planning and through his incredible endeavours he managed to overturn the objections at appeal stage with extremely impressive evidence and counter arguments and as a result we were granted an almost unimaginable full planning consent to proceed. His professional expertise and knowledge in these matters is extraordinary and we felt we were in the safest of hands. His firm took care of every detail and we were delighted with the outcome both in terms of a successful outcome and most definitely value for money & price. I would have absolutely have no hesitation in recommending SM Planning to you for really friendly advice, knowledgeable consultation and all planning enquiries / appeals . They are simply the best and I will be engaging them again very shortly.
I worked with Ian and the team on a project which was a demolition and a new build in a sensitive conservation area. They were great at working through the process. I would recommend getting them involved with the project as soon as possible as they will save you more money in architects fees and specialist fees than their costs. I came to the understanding, that one of the objectives of doing an application is to ensure that you have no reason for the local authority to reject your application on a technical detail, SM Planning were exacting in this area. They worked hand-in-hand with the architects, whether it be the width of a footpath more the details that the plan may be rejected if we had not put a bike store in. Architects design the pretty things, these guys make the pretty things come to fruition. As the staff are ex planning officers I.e. poacher turned gamekeeper, they talk the same language as the planning department. I think this helps with discussions with the planning departments and any adjustments have to be made as the application and project is going along. I would definitely recommend using them.
Second time I use them. Professional, uncomplicated, giving good advice and showing knowledge of how the council operate. Would thoroughly recommend.
Great professional team to work with. As Architects we need planning services and coordination, which they execute efficiently.
Great smooth experience.
Thank you for your Professional, Reliable service and excellent communication throughout the whole project. Definitely recommend to all.
Very grateful to SM Planning for their help and support. Honest, transparent and dedicated to deliver. Highly recommend.
Thank you, Stuart and Louis. It was a pleasure working with you to obtain a planning permission. It is never easy to get past the permission stage in old Westminster grade II listed buildings, but you've made the process look smooth and simple for us. Thank you!
SM Planning demonstrated excellent knowledge of Camden's planning process and new planning regulations. This allowed them to gain us permission to operate a Tattoo studio in what was previously an A1 retail unit. The approval was givened at warp speed and was a significant achievment as we had been turned down only a few months earlier. I would highly recomend Stuart Minty and his team.
I have only positive things to say about working with Stuart on our loft extension. He was extremely efficient and managed to help us secure planning in a very difficult conservation area. Loft conversions had in fact been banned for the proceeding 8 years on our street. So getting it through was a huge win!
Stuart Minty of SM Planning managed to get Lambeth Planning Department to reverse their rejection of my retrospective planning application for my loft extension after the builders had departed from the approved plan. He was friendly, focused and professional, and his work saved me tens of thousands of pounds in building costs.
I'm extremely happy with SM planning especially Stewart Minty He was very professional and positive during our initial consultation. He asked the right questions then researched to justify why the judgement would have a good chance to be turned around.
Genuinely first class - can recommend warmly and without reservation. We were having a nightmare with a prickly planning officer who objected to our routine application to do what more than half of the houses on our road had already done (full width loft dormer extension). Stuart and Allen were calm, responsive, strategic, persistent, and got me a great result. Thank you!
I have worked with Stuart on a number of projects and can thoroughly recommend him as the planning expert to any development team. As an organisation SM Planning are easy to work with and set out clearly what will be achievable from the start. Stuart's extensive knowledge of the planning regulations ensures 100% confidence in the process.
SM Planning provided us a very friendly and professional service. Assisting us with Planning Permission on a commercial project in South London. Communication was first class throughout the process. And most importantly permission was granted!
SM Planning dealt with our Certificate of Lawfulness for the use of home in Hampstead London as a single dwelling, their instruction and processing of the application were clear and precise, the whole application was dealt with in 5 weeks from application to decision. Great service highly recommended for all your planning needs.
SM Planning did an amazing job and helped us receive our permission planning approval. We are now working with them on two more applications and hope to work with them for all our planning permission applications. We highly recommend them as they are always available to answer our questions and pay attention to the smallest details which could affect the outcome of a planning permission application.
SM Planning successfully obtained planning consent for a retrospective flat conversion for our property. Stuart and James are extremely knowledgeable in planning policies. I was impressed with their professionalism and their timeliness. I would highly recommend them for your project.
From start to finish Ian at SM Planning was helpful, informative and efficient. He made the process very smooth and easy for us and we really appreciated his willingness to explain things in a way that we understood. A really lovely professional to work with, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Ian and SM Planning to anyone needing help and advice with the planning approval process.
SM Planning supported us through our planning appeal process. The communication from Stuart Minty and his team was excellent; their superb knowledge and experience was clear to see throughout the process. We are now in receipt of an overturned decision granting planning permission for our two-storey extension initially rejected by the council. I would highly recommend SM Planning and their services!
We provide several planning consultancy services nationwide, with a focus in London. Our team consists of chartered town planners and planning experts to assist you with development projects and planning solutions.
Our planning consultancy services include site appraisals, planning applications, appeals, lawful development certificates, prior approvals, advertisement consents, section 106 agreements, enforcement resolution and strategic planning. We aim to ensure that the entire planning process runs smoothly, from the early stages of the appraisal and design process through to finalising the development, to maximise your prospects of obtaining planning permission and to ensure your project remains legal and safe.
SM Planning was established in late 2016 as a town planning consultancy. Our team encompasses extensive experience in both the public and private sector and are therefore best placed provide the highest quality of work in the planning consultant industry.
As planning consultants, our work is focused around obtaining planning permission for our client’s development projects or renovation work.
Here at SM Planning, we offer our services to a range of clients, including those involved with residential, commercial or householder developments, all of which can be viewed in detail on our projects page. We have worked on a wide range of projects across the country, with a focus in London, guiding and assisting our clients in the planning process to ensure their development project is justified in line with planning legislation and policy.
Our services include site appraisals, planning applications, appeals, lawful development certificates, prior approvals, advertisement consents, section 106 agreements, enforcement resolution and strategic planning. We can assist you in every stage of the planning process through to development completion, to maximise your prospects of obtaining planning permission and ensure there are no breaches in planning control thereafter.
As planning agents, we set out a robust case for each development proposal against the relevant planning legalisation, policy and guidance, and identify any material considerations that weigh in favour of the development. We find planning solutions to issues which may arise in the planning and development process, and negotiate planning matters with the local planning authority to achieve the best outcomes for our clients.
co-ordinating the planning process process from start to finish, including the preparation and submission of the suitable application and handling all liaison and negotiation with the local planning authority to secure the best outcome for our clients
it is often helpful to seek the view of the local planning authority before submitting a full application, SM Planning can handle the process to ensure you get the most out of your pre-application enquiry to maximise your chances of success at the full application stage
in the event that an application is refused or permission is granted subject to an undesirable condition, SM Planning can offer expert analysis of the best way to proceed including whether an appeal against the refusal or condition is suitable
Site Development Appraisals
from an analysis of site constraints and opportunities we can evaluate planning challenges and development potential of a site
Certificates of Lawful Development
helping you through the process of obtaining a lawful development certificate for existing or proposed uses and/or operations which are lawful and thus do not require planning permission.
certain classes of permitted development require prior approval from the local planning authority – we can guide you through this process to ensure all requirements are addressed
advising clients as to whether proposed advertisements benefit from deemed consent and handling the submission of applications for advertisement consent to ensure robust justification is provided in line with the requirements of advertisement regulations
Section 106 Agreement
assisting with legal agreements between the developer and local planning authority, including negotiations around the nature and extent of developer contributions to minimise the burden of obligations on the development
we provide strategic advice to clients throughout the evolutions of a project from start to finish, and find planning solutions to issues that may arise in the planning process
assisting you with planning objections if you have concerns relating to the potential impact of a development on your property.
resolving enforcement investigations in the event that you are in breach of planning control
Engagement and Consultation
assisting with stakeholder engagement and public consultation strategies and processes to support the creation of great places and maximise your prospects of obtaining planning permission
Listed Building Consent
assisting you with obtaining listed building consent for internal and external alterations to listed buildings
Meet the Team
The SM planning team consists of chartered town planners and planning experts who are dedicated to giving our clients the best service possible and helping them with any planning issues or advice as required.
Our team have built up years of experience across a broad scope of development projects in both the private and public sectors, thereby providing a well-balanced planning consultancy service to assist our clients through the entire planning process, and giving you peace of mind that your development project is in safe hands.
SM Planning was founded by Stuart Minty, the company’s director. He has over 20 years of experience as a chartered town planner and is adept at working with a diverse range of clients in both the residential and commercial sectors. His previous roles include Head of Development Management at both Camden and Haringey, before establishing SM Planning in late 2016.
If you have any questions, you may wish to check the FAQ list to see if your query is listed. If not, all enquiries you may have about our services and the types of projects we carry out can be submitted through our contact information.