The information on these pages aims to give you practical industry insights into the town planning arena.


There is a minefield of  planning legislation  but how can you use this to your advantage depending on your property strategy?


Bramhall Town Planning has devised a number of responses to help developers, investors and sourcers understand and apply the planning system positively and unearth those planning gain opportunities!


We do this through:

  • Regular blogs on this page;

  • Presentations at property meetings;

  • In-house dedicated town planning training to property companies or one-on one individuals; and

  • Planning Insights Books One, Two and Three.

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November 22, 2018

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Whether your property strategy is buy- to lets, HMOS’s, serviced accommodation, commercial conversions or new build; having a foundation and an understanding of the planning system will help you make the best of opportunities when they are presented to you.


This concise 25 page book gets to the details that matter, with:

  • top tips to gaining planning permission

  • a myth buster,and

  • planning jargon sections


All to help you devise the right strategy , answer those burning questions, speak to planning officers or agents confidently and help you understand the language!



The second book in the series provides a compact 25-page soundbite to steps into planning gain success!


How do you increase the value of land or buildings without putting a spade in the ground?


What is the planning application process, how to apply, what do you need to submit, why is ecology important, and who makes the decisions?


You need this if you are involved in property and want to take the next step by significantly increasing the value of your property or lands using the planning application process.



How do you change the use of a building legally without applying for planning permission?


This practical 21-page property and planning book summaries the various opportunities there are, using permitted development rights for both residential properties and commercial buildings.


You need this is you are involved in buying residential or commercial property!


If you are viewing agents details or direct to vendor opportunities - this book will help you understand how can you extend a building or what can you change a building to add value!

(Free P & P for a limited period.)


The information provided by Bramhall Town Planning within the Planning Insights series and within the Bramhall Town Planning website, is for the reader’s general purposes only and merely provides an overview regarding the English planning system in general. No representations have been made within these books nor advice given. Notwithstanding this, any representations or advice which has been provided should not be wholly relied upon.

The information within these books and the Bramhall Town Planning website does not take into account your specific circumstances and should not be acted upon without a full understanding of your current situation and your goals and objectives by an appropriately qualified planning advisor. In doing so you risk committing to a course of action which may not be suitable for your situation.

For the avoidance of doubt, the information within these books and the Bramhall Town Planning website does not constitute legal or other professional advice and must not be relied upon as such.


Whilst we endeavour to ensure the information is correct at the time of printing, we make no representations or warranties of any kind about the completeness, accuracy, or suitability of such information.


Use of the information contained within the Planning Insights series and the Bramhall Town Planning website is therefore strictly at the readers own risk, in no event will Bramhall Town Planning Ltd be liable for any loss or damage that may arise out of use of the information within the Planning Insights series.

August 23, 2020

...or just press-grabbing headlines?

The Government are proposing a new planning system which is easier for the public to access, transforms the way communities are shaped and builds new homes the country needs.

The intention is to allow homes to be built faster and delver buildings that are more beautiful.

Taking the debate away from both whether th...

August 19, 2020

In the spirit of seeking to help the high street and to allow the ease of reuse of vacant commercial units and buildings, the Government has brought in a number of changes to the Permitted Development regime.

The intention to allow greater ease of change of use between uses within the same use class. There are still some occasions though when prior...

July 23, 2020

In July this year, the government published new rules (that came into force on the 1st August 2020) amending permitted development (PD) rights to require the provision of “adequate” natural light in any developments consented under this route.

An explanatory memorandum to the regulations, published late last month, makes clear that the measure...

May 8, 2019

Bramhall Town Planning has launched their much anticipated 3-book Planning Insight series.

Books for non-planners and all those involved in property and interested in planning gain opportunities. These books dispel the common planning myths, guide you through the planning process and summarise what can and cant be achieved through permitted developm...

March 23, 2019

In 2018 a relatively uncontroversial change to what is commonly referred to as Permitted Development Rights (class Q), was made in respect of the conversion of agricultural buildings to residential use.

The changes shows the Government's commitment to help the farming industry bring in additional income through these conversion opportunities.

The leg...

January 23, 2019

The government has launched a consultation that considers the treatment of electricity storage within the planning system.

It is seeking views on a proposal to retain the 50 megawatt (MW) Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP) threshold that applies to standalone storage projects.

It also proposes to amend Planning Act 2008 to establis...

November 22, 2018

My property does not have planning permission how do I ensure it is lawful?

There are two key measures through the planning system that allow a property owner to regulate the use that a property is operating as (if there is no formal planning permission on file). Or if they want to change the use of a property and believe it is permitted development...

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