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Planning Consultancy

Founded in 2011 by Andy Rushby MRTPI, who has thirty years experience as a qualified town planner, Assent Planning Consultancy aims to help and guide you through the often difficult and complex world of the planning system.

We can to do this by working with you – not just for you - at all stages of the planning process, from your initial concepts to the realisation of your ideas.

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We will provide you with expert advice, knowledge and experience that are delivered in a personal, timely and cost effective way. We have the ability to solve many problems that may be encountered along the way. We aim to get it right – first time, every time – to minimise delays and costs in pursuing your ideas through the planning process.

We have access to a network of associated professionals who can ensure a comprehensive service, most notably through our “sister” company Assent Building Control (a national service delivered locally). We can offer integrated development solutions that make it as easy as possible for you to secure the necessary consents you need to get your plans off the drawing board and into reality.

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Assent Planning Consultancy can call upon the professional services of other professionals within the development sector, including architects, highway consultants, ecologists, arboriculturalists, landscape architects, contamination and noise specialists, as well as Approved Inspectors at Assent Building Control. These services can be commissioned for clients in order to provide a comprehensive and seamless development service.

Assent Planning gives you:

  • Expertise, experience and commitment
  • A commercially aware, responsive service that puts you at the heart of our business
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Assent Planning Consultancy - Services

We offer a comprehensive range of services to help and guide you through the planning process.

We can:

  • Prepare and submit all types of planning applications on your behalf
  • Prepare supporting information, including Design & Access Statements and Heritage Statements, to support your application
  • Negotiate effectively with the Local Planning Authority on pre-application matters and on the progress of your application
  • Make representations (objections or support) on your behalf in respect of other planning applications or on the local development plan
  • Speak at Planning Committees on your behalf in support of your application
  • Prepare and submit planning appeals if your application is refused
  • Deal with any enforcement issues that may arise
  • Appear as an expert witness at appeal hearings and inquiries
  • Prepare planning appraisals, site assessments, and masterplans for site development
  • Provide education and training to you and your business on all planning matters

What Our Clients Said …

"We have worked with Mark Van Schalkwyk from Assent Dorset for over five years and his expertise and guidance has been invaluable to us as a practice.

As architects we are design led and at times this creates testing challenges between aesthetics and the practicalities of the…"

RB Studio Architects

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"Shire Structures specialize in the structural repair of domestic properties for the Buildings Insurance market. We utilize Assent Building Control for all our building regulation needs. The service provided by Assent is thorough, efficient and cost effective. We are pleased to work in “partnership” and long may this continue."

Shire Structures

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"Nicola Booth at Assent's Wakefield Office was the Building Control Officer on the New Haribo Production building in Castleford.

With a good knowledge of the Building Regulations, Nicola was organised with the Building Control matrix we asked her to produce and always available to speak to on…"

Chris Sheard - The Harris Partnership

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"Mark Fletcher from Assent's Sheffield Office has provided excellent building control advice in a constructive and positive manner, highlighting issues and problems alongside advice and alternative solutions to complete schemes on time, within budget and to the quality required."

Mark Coulter - Associate Director, Silverstone Building Consultancy Ltd

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Assent Delivers …

  • Highest Professional Standards
  • Expertise, Experience & Commitment
  • Commercially Aware, Responsive & Helpful Service
  • National Services Delivered Locally
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