Public Sector Planning Consultants

Planning & Design Practice provides consultancy services to the public sector.

Over the last 20 years, Planning & Design Practice have worked with and for a wide range of public sector and not-for-profit bodies including Government Agencies, District and Unitary Local Authorities, County Councils and Town/Parish Councils. A number of our senior team have extensive experience of working in the public sector and this undoubtedly helps us to understand the requirements of public bodies.

We can provide district and unitary councils with appeals support, including expert witness at public inquiries. We can provide appeal statements and manage the appeals process. 

Our team of heritage professionals can provide tailored support on heritage matters and provide Heritage Impact Assessments.

Key Contact

Richard Pigott

Richard Pigott


Neighbourhood plans

We have a regular workflow of Neighbourhood Plans. We can advise Parish Councils and Neighbourhood Plan Groups on the production of neighbourhood plans

How we can help

It should be noted that there is public funding for the production of neighbourhood plans and we can help to unlock these funding streams.

Working for the NHS

Planning & Design Practice are pleased to be working as planning consultants for the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust to deliver new buildings and facilities across Southern Derbyshire & East Staffordshire.  In the past 12 months we have secured permission for:-

  • A 3 storey ward extension across the front of Derby Royal Hospital
  • A new operating theatre
  • A new day patient ward
  • A temporary ward to help address winter pressures
  • An extension to the staff car park

We are currently working with the Trust, Derby City and East Staffordshire Council to deliver a new medical centre; further ward extensions and a multi-storey car park.

Local Authority Appeal Work

We have handled appeals on behalf of several Local Authorities. This includes appearing at appeal hearings and acting as expert planning witness at Public Inquiries. We would only take on a case if we feel the planning arguments are justified. Once appointed however, we would typically manage the process on behalf of the local authority, preparing statements and liaising with Councilors, officers, other consultants / expert witnesses and barristers.

We have a good record of success, always working hard to present a strong case, but in a professional and measured way. In 2018 we appeared as expert planning witness on behalf of Amber Valley Borough Council at the Bullsmoor Public Inquiry, concerning a site in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Buffer Zone, helping the Council to successfully defend its decision.


Comprising town planners and architects our staff bring a wealth of experience from a range of backgrounds.

Public sector projects

A selection of public sector projects