Planning and sustainable development

Johns Associates takes a smart approach to planning. We think clearly, listen to our clients and take on board the views of stakeholders. We maintain awareness of case law, the latest policy guidance and professional opinions from other colleagues and associates.

Led by Chartered Town Planners, our team has a strong understanding of the UK planning system from both a public and private sector perspective. We advocate good design coupled with multiple sustainable benefits from development.

Our multi-disciplinary capabilities back up our planning expertise with a wide variety of supporting technical skills. Where needed, we further strengthen our team with other experts and specialists to ensure the right combination of skills is available for your project. Johns Associates understands the planning system and how best to get the required consents and deliver social benefits. We also advise local planning authorities on the development of their policies and planning applications, good design and what developers need from the planning system.

Our planning clients include:

  • Wiltshire Council
  • Hart District Council
  • Good Energy
  • Mably Solar

  • Private landowners
  • Forest Heath District Council
  • Keltbray Plc


Project feasibility

  • Neighbourhood Planning
  • Project feasibility
  • Site screening
  • Constraint evaluation
  • Pre-application consultation

Environmental assessment

  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Sustainability Assessment (SA) / Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
  • Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA)
  • Recreational Impact Assessment (RIA)
  • Preliminary environmental assessment

Securing legal consents

  • Permitted development rights
  • Planning
  • Listed building
  • Conservation area
  • Tree protection orders
  • Hedgerow removal notice
  • S106
  • Reserved matters
  • Prior notification
  • Flood Defence Consent


  • Planning Agent
  • Management of supporting technical studies
  • Consultation
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Supporting statements
  • Technical studies
  • Planning drawing, graphic design and document production
  • Presentation at meetings and planning committee
  • Planning appeals
  • Expert witness and proof of evidence
  • Housing land supply
  • Review and audit of planning applications


We’d love to talk to you about how we can help with your project.  Why not get in touch?