We handle all Local Authority applications, including acting as Planning Agent to the client to provide a full town planning service for all aspects from various forms of Planning Applications and Local Authority Dispute Resolution through to consultations with Planning Officers and handling of planning appeals.

We are well established firm of planning consultants, highly respected within the area and consequently experienced negotiators when dealing with Planning Applications. This is also beneficial when handling pre application submissions to the council in order to tease out issues which we then can address and tackle through the later formal process.

  • Outline Planning Applications
  • Full Planning Applications
  • Certificate of Lawful Use Applications
  • Advertisement Applications
  • Class Q Applications
  • Local Authority Enforcement
  • Consultations with Local Town and Parish Councils
  • Neighbourhood consultations and Presentations
  • Grant Applications
  • Building Regulations Applications
  • Listed Building Applications
  • Conservation Area Applications
  • Design and Access Statements
  • Planning Statements

Strategic & Future Master Planning

We prepare and handle schemes which involve significant consultations with various bodies and individuals to steer and create developments for Forward Planning. The process involves clients to put forward their land for consideration which our planning consultants evaluate and take forward for negotiation with the authorities.

This also includes applications for the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) for future local plans. Supporting justification and evidence is compiled by ourselves to ensure our client’s land is seriously considered for development. This is then followed by our general Planning consultancy services

Enforcement Issues

We offer dispute resolution services when clients receive enforcement action from their Local Council. We carry out careful and sensitive negotiations acting as mediator to ensure enforcement issues are resolved

Planning Appeals

Should a client be aggrieved by a decision made by the Local Authority then NDA is experienced in preparing Appeal cases and handling applications to the Planning Inspectorate.

Feasibility Studies

We are able to carry out comprehensive feasibility appraisals to explore opportunities. This would be done using all types of medium to best demonstrate potential gain to the client and maximise land value for clients.


Neil Dowlman Architecture is committed to regeneration of brown field sites and holds considerable experience in gaining planning permission for the re-use of redundant sites, such as farm buildings, industrial and commercial buildings to form alternative uses.

Insurance Protection

Due to the full qualifications of the practice in the Chartered Institute Of Architectural Technologists and the Chartered Association Of Building Engineers, the firm holds considerable Professional Indemnity insurance along with Public Liability Insurance for client protection.

Quality Assurance

Due to the practice’s commitment towards providing a high level quality of service, we have been awarded the ISO9001 Assurance Mark, for client’s peace of mind

Continued Professional Development (CPD)

As a result of being fully qualified and Chartered of Three Institutes, we are bound by a Professional Code of Conduct. This is peace of mind for the client that they are safe in the knowledge that their project and business with us will be handled in the strictest of confidence and highest level of professionalism

Our professional institutes monitor us to ensure that we are full knowledgeable on the latest construction techniques and legislation. We therefore have an internal and external training programme to maintain our expertise in the subject that allows us to be at the forefront of our profession