Kirkwells can provide you with a full range of research products. Our team has years of research experience. We will agree a brief with you to produce clear, concise and accurate analysis. Research that will not sit unread on a full shelf of your office. We will produce for you research that can be used to support your decision-making and chosen course of action. These are just a sample of the studies we can work:

  • Strategic Housing Market Assessment
  • Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment
  • Playing Pitch Assessement
  • Employment Land Reviews
  • Retail Needs Studies and Impact Assessments
  • Economic Impact Assessments
  • Conservation Area Appraisals


Local Plans

Local Plan GraphicOur extensive experience working on a range of planning policy issues means we can support you to develop, change or challenge planning policy.

We can assist you at any level – national, regional, Local Plan, Local Development Framework or Neighbourhood Plan. We can also develop and present your case at all forms of public examination and inquiry. Just a few of the services we can provide you include:

To discuss your needs call:

01282 872570


Site Search & Appraisal

If you are looking for a site for a new development, seeking a building for a business, public sector or voluntary use Kirkwells has extensive knowledge and a network of contacts. Knowledge and contacts that it can use to find you the right site. Allied to this knowledge, we offer you the expertise to analyse and appraise options and recommend a way forward that gets your development up and running. And if we don’t think your proposal will work we will tell you. Why waste money! To discuss your next move call

01282 872 570


Planning Applications, Planning Consents and Planning Approvals

Roller coasterWithout expert help seeking planning approvals and consents can be a roller coaster ride – a costly, time consuming, and daunting challenge.

Why put yourself through this? Kirkwells extensive knowledge and experience can take away the ups and downs of securing your planning approval – providing you with a cost effective, efficient, and stress free journey to planning approval.

To take the ups and downs out your project call:

01282 872570

Do you know what type of planning consent you need? There are many. We can help you with all of the following:

  • full planning permission
  • outline planning permission;
  • approval of reserved matters;
  • certificate of lawfulness;
  • listed building consent;
  • conservation area consent;
  • advertisement consents;
  • prior notifications;
  • removal/variation of conditions;
  • approval of details reserved by condition; and
  • non-material amendments to an existing permission.

Kirkwells provide you with expert, independent town planning advice so that you can gain the right consents you need for your project. Increasing the value of your asset, and giving a green light to development and building.

For more information get a copy our development management services leaflet.

Our planners have the experience and expertise to move your project forward. Chartered town planners with over 70 years combined experience our staff all have local council experience, so we know the ins and outs of working with key decision makers.

Call 01282 872570 now to find out how we can help get you the right planning consents and approvals.




Sustainable Development

The purpose of planning is to help achieve sustainable development.

And we put sustainable development at the heart of everything we do.

And with the presumption in favour of sustainable development now at the heart of the National Planning Policy Framework it is now more important than ever for you to ensure that your planning project balances the economic, environmental and social needs.

Our in-house team, and network of experts, are perfectly placed to work with you to ensure that your development is sustainable and stands the best chance of approval.

Download our sustainable development services leaflet.


Urban Design & Masterplanning

Masterplan example

At Kirkwells, we are committed to quality. Quality in the services we offer to you and in the projects you will deliver on the ground. Urban design and masterplanning are often at the heart of this. We offer you a full range of urban design and masterplanning services to ensure that your project is of the highest design quality.

To find out more call

01282 872 570


Heritage Statements


Slaters Terrace, Weavers' Triangle, Burnley

Slaters Terrace, Weavers’ Triangle, Burnley





From Listed Buildings to Conservation Areas Kirkwells has the knowledge and experience to assist you. This may be to develop an application for listed building consent, or prepare a conservation or heritage appraisal. To discuss your project and how we can assist you call:

01282 872570



Bidding for funding and project appraisal

If you need to put together a bid for grant or other funding Kirkwells can do this for you. We work with you to put together a credible, realistic funding package. e.g. for neighbourhood plans.

We can do this for large and small projects and our assistance ranges from full bid preparation and co-ordination, to support and help on specific parts of your bid. You will be working with a team that has successfully bid for funding from many sources, including UK and EU Government. Over the years our team has successfully bid for funding of more than £100 million.

On the other hand, if you are a grant funding body, and you are seeking independent appraisal of projects in receipt of your funding, Kirkwells can provide a full project appraisal service. This will give you the confidence to know your funding is being used well and provides a second opinion on the way you make decisions on your investments.


Community Engagement

Community Engagement



Engaging the right people, in the right way, at the right time is at the heart of the planning system. Our team of planners has a long track record of successfully engaging communities and their political representatives. Kirkwells can put this knowledge and expertise at your disposal to help steer your project through what can often be controversial and difficult waters. We have a range of partners who can help on more specialised engagement areas including mediation.

To find out how we can help you call:

01282 872 570.



Kirkwells can tailor a training package to meet your needs. Training on town planning, sustainability, and community engagement to benefit you, and your organisation. Based on your needs we can design one-off training sessions to a full courses so you, and your organisation, can get to grips with the planning system.

Find out more about our Neighbourhood Planning Training for Parish and Town Councils.


Neighbourhood Plan Preparation, Support and Advice

Sandygate Development Brief



Neighbourhood planning is one of the cornerstones of the new planning system, and is already becoming a key tool for those parishes and community groups wanting to shape the future of their town or village.

We know resources can be limited, so Kirkwells offer expert, friendly, independent advice at a special reduced fee rate to parish and town councils and neighbourhood fora. With Kirkwells you get the advice you need at a price you can afford.

Working with you, and your local community, we put together a neighbourhood plan that is right for your area, has the support of local people, and helps guide future planning decisions. We can support you from start to finish in preparing your plan, or with any of the following:

  • Scoping – is neighbourhood planning right for you?
  • Putting together a neighbourhood forum and developing a constitution;
  • Identifying your neighbourhood area and preparing and submitting your application for designation as a neighbourhood area or forum;
  • Project planning and management;
  • Developing and analysing the evidence base for your plan;
  • Reviewing local plan policies, identifying strategic policies and ensuring your plan is in general conformity;
  • Identifying and mediating with key stakeholders and partners;
  • Planning and undertaking community consultation and engagement programmes and events;
  • Writing policies and proposals;
  • Sustainability Appraisal;
  • Making site allocations;
  • Deciding the scope and structure of your neighbourhood plan;
  • Analysis of consultation outcomes;
  • Training;
  • Putting together bids for funding;
  • Meeting the “basic conditions” and other legal requirements;
  • Preparation of consultation statements;
  • Independent examination.

Kirkwells are one of the leading independent town planning consultants supporting communities in neighbourhood planning – offering support to government frontrunners, FREE training, and tailored support. To find out more download our Neighbourhood Planning Services leaflet or call:

01282 872 570

Kirkwells Training Day with Warwickshire Association of Local Councils

Kirkwells Training Day with Warwickshire Association of Local Councils

Not sure where to start? If you need to find out more about neighbourhood planning we can also help. Book one of our “warts and all” FREE Neighbourhood Plan Training sessions so your parish or group can make an informed choice about whether neighbourhood planning is right for them. Alternatively, sign up for our monthly Neighbourhood Planning News this will keep up to speed with all the important news that  is happening in neighbourhoods like yours.

Kirkwells are the country’s leading, independent, chartered town planners supporting communities preparing neighbourhood plans, This support includes four of the Government’s Neighbourhood Planning Frontrunners:

Our neighbourhood plan support is helping Barford, Bryning with Warton, Whitnash Town Council, Austrey, Formby and Little Altcar, Hampton Bishop, Leominster, Lower Bullingham, Peterchurch, West Haddon, Brimfield and Little Hereford, Tarporley, Wigmore Group, and Burley in Wharfedale.

And our hugely successful and enjoyable training has reached over 100 parishes.

So for expert, independent, high quality support to help you produce your neighbourhood plan request a brochure or call Michael or Louise on:

01282 872 570.