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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.

Visit to see a selection of our projects across different sectors.

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.


Ravenscraig Masterplan

  • Long terms planning consultancy and strategic development advice to lead developer for one of Europe’s most significant regeneration projects. Ravenscraig Ltd is a joint venture partnership between Scottish Enterprise, Wilson Bowden.
  • Co-ordination and submission of recent planning application for a new masterplan for the 376 hectare site .
  • Advice has included successful submissions for formal allocation of a new town centre through regional and local development plan process, managing all planning and environmental submission and coordinating multi disciplinary team.
  • Detailed technical work has included managing the all applications, Community Consultation, Environmental Assessment process and preparing Retail Impact Assessment for redevelopment proposals including 3,700 new houses, education, leisure uses, hotel, major commercial and retail facilities.

Broadford Works Aberdeen

  • Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent delivered for major urban redevelopment in Aberdeen for Category A Listed Buildings and new build development for mixed residential, PRS, student and commercial uses on behalf of Furness Investment Holdings Ltd - Inhabit.
  • Co-ordination of complex multi disciplinary team and submission process including community consultation and strategic advice for delivery to client on one of Scotland's largest single Listed Building sites.
  • Development includes some 450 residential units, 430 student bed spaces and mix of leisure, retail and commercial space.
  • Permission granted for Planing Permission in Principle and subsequent application  for full panning permission (MSC) and Listed Building Consent submitted.