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Property planning and development

Planning is the central component of the property development process, improving both the quality of our built environment and asset value. At Knight Frank we advise on all types of property assets and cover each stage of the planning and development lifecycle.

Why Knight Frank

Thoroughly involved with all aspects of the project planning and development process, our consultants steer change at both a local and national level, regularly commenting on evolving legislation. This knowledge and expertise ensures our clients are kept fully informed of potential opportunities and pitfalls.

In developing strong relationships with our clients, we also seek to continually protect and enhance their position through an awareness of both their short and long term objectives.

Our Services

Advising on heritage buildings, new developments, sustainability and regeneration projects, we provide the following planning and development services:

Planning Applications and Negotiations

We provide leadership throughout the application process, from scoping the project content to managing the project team. We adopt a proactive approach to meeting our clients’ objectives and securing planning permission in the quickest time possible.

Strategic Planning and Estates Management

Adopting the right planning strategy is key to unlocking site value. We identify how to best meet our clients’ objectives, ensuring they are fully informed of the key planning opportunities and constraints, the likely time and costs involved, and potential risk areas.

Influencing Emerging Planning Policy

We ensure that landowners are able to protect and enhance their investments by making appropriate representations to secure the most beneficial position on emerging policies.

Planning Appraisal and Development Advice

Planning appraisals can be the catalyst for unlocking value from development sites. We identify the opportunities and constraints associated with the policy framework, and provide a commercially focussed planning strategy for achieving our client’s end goal.

 

Stakeholder and Community Engagement

We regularly advise our clients on stakeholder engagement strategies to work with Local Authorities, interest groups and neighbours, to ensure that development proposals are managed sensitively and successfully.

S.106 Negotiation

Where a planning permission requires a legal agreement to secure mitigation of site specific impacts, we advise our clients and negotiate the heads of terms in the quickest possible timeframe whilst keeping potential financial outlay to a minimum.

Planning Due Diligence

We undertake full planning due diligence to advise on lawful use, compliance with existing planning conditions and comment on changes that may be made without the need for planning permission.

Planning Appeals

Although we work closely with Local Authorities to secure planning permission wherever possible, from time to time it is necessary to appeal. We advise on the most appropriate appeal procedure working closely with planning barristers and the appeal team and often acting as Expert Witness at public inquiries.