What We Do

No matter how small or complex your need is, we will be able to help you. 

Our primary areas of business include:

  • Advice
  • Planning Applications
  • Planning Appeals
  • Enforcement
  • Lawful Development Certificates
  • Planning Policy
  • Third Party Representations
  • Local Planning Authorities
  • Support


Hedley Clark can advise on the following:

  • Specific schemes (house extensions through to large scale mixed use developments)
  • Site appraisals and feasibilities
  • Opportunities to revise a scheme to secure a more optimal solution
  • Current and emerging Planning Policy
  • Planning history
  • Development Certificates
  • Permitted Development opportunities
  • Planning Obligations and developer contributions

Planning Applications

  • Liaison with Local Planning Authority and other bodies at pre-application stage
  • Preparation and submission of applications including planning applications, listed building consents, conservation area consents, Certificates of Lawfulness for existing and proposed development
  • Preparation of Planning, Design and Access Statements
  • Negotiation and liaison with the Local Planning Authority, before, during and after submission of an application
  • Negotiation on Unilateral Undertakings, S106 Legal Agreements, CIL and developer contributions
  • Lobbying and presentations to Committee
  • Management of the Planning Application throughout the process of determination
  • Third Party Representations to support or object to an application.
  • Assessment of general permitted development opportunities or other fall back positions as relevant

Planning Appeals

  • Initial assessment and advice about the potential success of a scheme at appeal
  • Advice and recommendations on the most appropriate method of appeal - written representation, Hearing, Public Inquiry
  • Preparation and submission of an appeal following the refusal of permission/consent or for non-determination
  • Preparation and submission of an appeal following the service of an enforcement notice
  • Preparation of a robust and well justified statement/evidence to support a scheme
  • Third party representations in support or objecting to an appeal proposal;
  • Listed Building Consent, Conservation Area, Certificate of Lawfulness for existing or proposed use/development appeals
  • Representation and advice given throughout the appeal process or part thereof


  • Establish if there has been a breach of planning control and/or if there is immunity from enforcement action
  • Prepare evidence in response to any investigations or demands for information from a Local Planning Authority
  • Negotiate with Local Planning Authorities, as appropriate
  • Preparation and submission of Lawful Development Certificates, if appropriate
  • Preparation and submission of (retrospective) planning application, as appropriate
  • Preparation and submission of evidence/statement against an Enforcement Notice
  • Third party representations in support or objecting to an enforcement appeal

Lawful Development Certificates

  • Advice about whether a proposed development is lawful
  • Advice about whether an existing development/use is lawful
  • Preparation of a Certificate of Lawfulness (existing or proposed)
  • Preparation of evidence, including statutory declarations, to support Certificate of Lawfulness applications
  • Preparation of statements and evidence against the refusal of a Certificate of Lawfulness, if appropriate

Planning Policy

  • Research and analysis of planning policy context and implications thereof
  • Research and analysis of emerging planning policy and implications this may have for a site/scheme

Third Party Representations

  • Advice and guidance given to a wide range of third parties, including community groups, companies or individuals
  • An assessment of the implications of a specific proposal on your interests
  • Guidance on what constitutes legitimate and influential grounds of objection or support
  • Preparation and submission of a detailed and robust case against or supporting a planning application or appeal

Local Planning Authorities

Hedley Clark has considerable experience of acting on behalf of a number of Local Planning Authorities on a diverse range of projects. The services offered include;

  • Acting as Case Officer for complex or controversial planning applications
  • Project management for complex planning applications
  • Acting as Case Officer for householder and minor planning applications
  • Undertaking appeals by way of written representations on behalf of Local Planning Authorities
  • Undertaking appeals by way of Hearings, including attendance at the Hearing, on behalf of Local Planning Authorities


Hedley Clark is experienced at working as part of a larger team, with other specialist advisors, and offers reliable, comprehensive and sound advice on all aspects of the planning system and procedures.

We can support architects, developers, companies, community groups and individuals at any stage of the planning process to help achieve their objectives.