Our planning work in the housing sector covers the full range of residential development, from affordable housing and care schemes, to open market homes and high-end bespoke single dwellings.

Specific areas we specialise in within housing are:

Affordable housing

We have a proven track record of working in partnership with registered providers and their consultants to help bring forward new affordable homes. Our expertise lies in working with our partners to identify and gain planning permission for suitable sites that can help housing providers meet their new-build ambitions.

The developments we have been involved in include new homes for affordable and social rent, as well as shared ownership properties and homes for outright sale. This might be a dozen homes on an infill site, or a completely new neighbourhood of hundreds of new homes on a previously undeveloped site.

We have also gained an enviable reputation in helping registered providers bring forward development on challenging sites where planning applications for previous residential developments have failed to get off the ground. As a planning consultant for affordable homes, we work directly with registered providers, their development partners, and other consultants.

Housebuilders and developers

We have worked as a planning consultant for housebuilders of all sizes from large Plc organisations and other volume housebuilders to smaller bespoke developers.

We offer a comprehensive planning and development service for housebuilders and developers on sites across the UK, whether it’s a high-rise residential building in a city centre, a purpose-built student accommodation project, or a select housing development on the edge of a town or village.

Our expertise includes holding vital pre-application discussions with local planning authorities, running public consultation exercises, and working with architects to help inform the design of a housing scheme to give it the best possible chance of progressing through the planning system.

Private bespoke homes

Our experience in the residential planning sector also includes working with private landowners, small developers, and contractors on planning applications for high-value bespoke homes, whether it’s a one-off single dwelling or a small, select development of several new homes.

This work often includes working with properties and land assets in rural areas and which are sometimes constrained by local planning rules and designations, such as green belt or areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Our planning law knowledge and technical expertise can help us achieve positive planning outcomes for our clients to unlock the full potential and value of a site.

Related projects

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Securing new adaptable homes for older people

Creating a new neighbourhood on a derelict site in Wigan

Supporting a new retirement community in a Lancashire village

Who we work for

“The team at PWA Planning make negotiating the planning system a much smoother experience. They always deal with matters in a professional and timely manner and are extremely proactive in negotiations with the planning authority. They have a strong reputation and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to others.”

John Winstanley, Story Homes

“PWA Planning have been our ‘go to’ planning consultants for many years on varying projects. Their knowledge of the vagaries within the planning system are invaluable ensuring that any advice given can be relied upon to secure the best possible outcome.”

Simon Baxter, Primas Law

“PWA Planning have been with us from the start of our journey at AFC Fylde. They approach all our projects with professionalism, flexibility and a can-do attitude. Their knowledge of the planning system and expert advice is second to none.”

David Haythornthwaite, Mill Farm Sports Village

“I have engaged with PWA Planning on many residential development sites. Their knowledge of the planning system is exemplary, and they have an excellent track record of securing planning consents on our sites. I would recommend PWA without hesitation.”

Richard Calderbank, Applethwaite Homes

“We have worked with PWA Planning for many years and have always found them to be approachable, knowledgeable and effective, navigating difficult projects with ease and professionalism. I would highly recommend PWA to anyone who needs expert planning advice and guidance.”

Phil Wooliscroft, Eddisons

“Paul and his team offer us that rare mix of high-quality planning advice with accessibility and tenacity, to take on the challenges the modern planning system presents. We enjoy the professional and friendly service and hope PWA will long be part of our wider development team.”

Alex Kenwright, EG Group

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