Planning & Development Consultancy

MacMarshalls offer a range of planning & development services mainly in the rural sector.

Members of the firm seek opportunities to gain planning permissions that also maximise value. Director, Sophie Marshall has particular expertise in this field, being a qualified Agricultural Valuer, a Chartered Surveyor (rural faculty) and Chartered Town Planner (rural planning & development specialism). Clients benefit from her extensive experience and expertise in both planning and valuation related instructions.

Engaging with MacMarshalls Planning Consultants at pre design stage can avoid unnecessary costs in preparing plans and ancillary submissions.

Committed to helping our clients succeed

Project management

From pre-design/pre-applications to submission of planning applications, through to the Local planning Authorities' decision. We can handle the entire planning process for you, from start to finish.

Site appraisals

Initial opinion on potential development options.

Simple plans for planning application purposes

(not building regulation) to include agricultural buildings and equestrian proposals.

Planning strategy

Advice for short, medium and long-term development gains.

Expert planning reports

Prepared for inclusion in planning submissions.

Planning application appeals

Advice on whether to appeal and handling the appeal through to a decision.

Discharging, removing and varying planning conditions

MacMarshalls will work towards minimising pre commencement conditions that can delay a scheme, however sometimes it is not advisable to provide the details at application stage. We advise on all matters relating to planning conditions.

Guidance on community infrastructure levy and planning obligations

These can have huge cost implications on a scheme so

early advice is crucial.

Certificates of Lawful Use Applications

Guidance on the 4 and 10 year rule, feasibility assessment, guidance on gathering evidence and compilation and preparation of submissions, through making the application and seeing it to completion.


Advice on receipt of LPA correspondence or enforcement notices, submitting and handling the enforcement appeal.


Advice relating to Options, Promotion agreements and Conditional Contracts.

We predominantly work in the rural sector, dealing with a wide range of instructions including:

  • Housing developments;
  • Permitted development rights for householders;
  • Commercial developments;
  • Redevelopment of agricultural, commercial and equestrian yards;
  • Agricultural Buildings & yards;
  • Rural worker and agricultural dwellings;
  • Rural worker and agricultural occupancy conditions;

  • Diversification;
  • Equestrian development;
  • Sports, leisure & tourism;
  • Prior approval applications under the General Permitted Development Order;
  • Barn conversions (full planning and under permitted development - Class Q);
  • Energy schemes.

The Directors have prepared, submitted and managed many planning applications. We will inform you about the scheme's chance of success as we act honestly and with integrity at all times. Please contact us for an initial discussion free of charge. You can also request a quote for MacMarshalls to undertake your project here.

Or Call Us: 01204 565660

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