Planning & Research

We have a team of 12 planners and researchers based in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. 

Our team brings exceptional experience, expertise and insight to all our projects.  We use our talent for strategic thinking to deliver both development and research projects which produce real value for both client and community.

Planning consultancy advice: Our team’s core business is advising on development strategies and winning planning permissions. Our focus is the provision of commercially aware planning advice.  We specialise in advising on large-scale, complex, and sensitive projects in both urban and rural areas across Scotland and the North of England.

Research projects: We look at things with fresh perspectives, bringing new insights to the pertinent issues across land and property market research.  We help decision-makers and key influencers deliver their strategies and projects.

Senior colleagues have personally advised on, and co-ordinated the planning process for, some of Scotland’s largest and most complex development projects, and have provided research and advice for private clients and for government at all levels on policy formulation, assessment, and delivery.


The Scottish Government

  • Our planning team authored a ground-breaking Planning for Infrastructure research report for the Scottish Government, with input from Brodies and WSP.
  • This significant project involved a 9-month programme of Scotland-wide primary research and identified emerging best practice in providing enabling infrastructure for development and highlighted barriers to infrastructure delivery.
  • The team was subsequently commissioned to conduct follow-up research into specific issues relating to deliverability.  Our findings are being reflected in emerging Scottish Government planning advice on housing and infrastructure.

Aberdeenshire Masterplans

  • In Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire we have promoted a range of large scale sites for development through the local plan process.
  • These have included residential sites for Stewart Milne Homes, Cala Homes East and AJC Homes.
  • Several of the masterplans our team has created have required the creation of new town centres or extensions and consolidation of existing centres.