What do we do?

Working with an extensive network of allied consultants and local government contacts, Prism brings you a service which includes practical advice and information on a range of planning issues including; planning appraisal, development control & application management, environmental stewardship & impact assessment, planning law and policy representation and development.

Prism can help people understand and object to unwelcome planning proposals which land on their doorsteps. The UK planning system has a language all of its own and often confusing rules on what can and cannot be raised to object to an application. It’s hard to make an impact if you don’t know the ground rules.

The team understand that engaging a planning consultant can seem a daunting and expensive exercise. Prism use straightforward language and tailor their fees to suit the requirements of the project. You will always be in charge of what you spend and set the limits on the team’s involvement. With Prism, you won’t receive a bill you’re not expecting.

Click through our areas of expertise for a more information.

Householder & Domestic

We also offer a complete down to earth planning service for private individuals who want to build a garden shed, extend their home or install a dormer window. These planning applications, known as householder applications, get the same fully fledged service that our large scale private clients – no job is too small, and if the job is within your right to ‘permitted development’ we will let you know with no fee for doing so.

If you live in an area where development is restricted such as a Conservation Area or National Park we can help you make the changes to your home whilst recognising the quality of the landscape and heritage behind the designation.

We have worked on schemes from your typical extension right through to the replacement of single windows. Take a look at our Case Studies and click on “Householder” for more information.

Anaerobic Digestion & Renewable Energy

We are one of the few planning consultancies in the country, never mind the north east of England, to have submitted a number of applications for anaerobic digestion facilities. As a way of generating renewable energy from a variety of resources, anaerobic digestion will surely be one of the most sustainable and environmentally sound ways of helping to generate electricity. We have dealt with a range of applications from relatively small farm-based schemes of around 200 KW through to much larger commercial operations taking in food waste and other matter.

Despite the green credentials of AD, experience tells us that it is still a concept which is relatively unknown and fear of the unknown can result in unexpected opposition to proposals. There are also some very specific technical issues associated with AD which really do require the experience of companies such as Prism to guide your application smoothly through the system with the minimum degree of controversy. If you are interested in the possibilities of anaerobic digestion on your site then please don’t hesitate to talk to us about your ideas and we will do our very best to help turn your ideas into realistic projects.

If you want to take a look at some of the projects that we have been involved in then take a look at our Case Studies page and click on either AD or Renewable Energy for more information.

Commercial & Residential

We at Prism pride ourselves in giving you the best and most commercial advice possible. Despite the economic issues all businesses face, we continue to provide invaluable advice to our clients, enabling them to gain profitable planning permissions capable of implementation. We have significant experience in working to tight commercial deadlines, and can help find ways to reduce the burden of planning gain on your development projects.

Our experience in this sector includes advising on small projects for private individuals right through to multi-million pound projects requiring full Environmental Assessment, including; industry & warehousing, commerce & retail and large scale housing schemes.

Heritage & Listed Buildings

Our team’s favourite projects are usually those which involve a building with some historical character. If you want to make changes or repairs to a listed building, or if you are looking to develop within a conservation area, give us a call to discuss the issues you will face and how we can help.

Health & Community Groups

We have developed an extremely diverse portfolio of jobs for non-profit organisations, charities and community groups. We recognise the need to keep costs down to a minimum and will advise you on the most cost effective routes forward throughout the project. We can be flexible in our fee arrangements for those who need it.

Renewables & Sustainable Development

We have advised  the renewables sector on wind schemes for individual turbines and large scale wind farm development as well as helping community groups fight unwanted proposals that weren’t always thought through!

Recently we have partnered with a new company, JFS,  specialising in farm based anaerobic digestion. Any one interested in getting money from farmyard manure should contact us -it can be done! 

As a team of Consultants Prism take their environmental responsibility seriously, both through the encouragement of developers to adopt exemplar energy rating schemes and through the operation of the business in line with the ISO 14001 rating awarded in November 2011.

Public Sector

Prism Planning have been awarded contracts with Local Authorities to advise on Appeals, to submit applications on their behalf, and to proceed public sector led development.

Agriculture & Rural

Being based close to Durham and North Yorkshire we regularly help clients who deal in rural activities. Our experience covers anything from getting permission for a workers dwelling, submitting prior notification applications for farmers, to dealing with enforcement issues with clay pigeon shoots. No matter how specialised your issue may be get in touch to see how we can help you.

Agricultural Procedure

Agricultural development has specific and specialised planning procedures to support the business development and growth of farming. Whether you are an arable farm or a livestock farm, we can help you get over your planning hurdles so that you can concentrate on milking the cows.

Equine Planning

We have recently undertaken several projects on behalf of clients who are in the equine industry. We have a 100% track record in this industry and are proud to work alongside the British Horse Society, specialised vets and horse owners in achieving permissions in this niche. Take a look at our Case Studies for some examples.

Planning Law & Enforcement

Occasionally planning applications can go wrong. If your application has been resolved to be refused all is not lost. Prism Planning’s track record at appeal is excellent, we won’t take a case on if there is no chance of winning, and if there are any suitable grounds for a Cost Claim we will advise you accordingly.

With Prism’s complete guidance through the bureaucratic paper work and rules of the Planning Inspectorate we can get that refusal overturned into an approval.

Appeals & Advocacy

Setting aside Prism’s no-nonsense and down to earth approach to discussing issues with Clients; Prism are more than capable of negotiation with Planning Barristers, Appeal Judges and Advocates of the highest order.

We have taken part in formal Public Inquiries as both Planning Agents and Expert Witnesses, and have progressed developments through to judgement at the Court of Appeal.

If we believe you have a really solid case to be made going to the highest level of appeal we will let you know, and back you all the way.

Made a mistake?

We recognise that occasionally the complex rules can leave you backed in to a corner when things go wrong, or you inadvertently undertake development which is unauthorised.

When this happens there is no need to panic. Prism can work on your behalf to resolve the issue with the Council and to mediate to a resolution.

Let us take the stress out of that enforcement notice.