Planning Consultant – Surrey

FORM Design Group is a firm of leading planning consultants in Surrey. We offer full planning consultancy services from initial planning through to completion, including architectural design, management of the planning process, building regulations and structures.


Contact us today to see how we can help with your planning issues.

Dwelling on green belt | planning consultancy in Surrey

As an experienced planning consultant, we take an innovative approach to working with Local Authorities to smooth the planning process, based on our deep knowledge of planning consultancy in Surrey and the surrounding areas and our experience of working in both the public and private sectors.


We advise on matters such as whether planning consent is required (and if so, the probability of success), providing expert, insightful planning advice as part of a range of integrated architectural, planning and structural engineering services.


We offer planning consultancy services including:


  • Project Evaluation and Feasibility
  • Planning Advice
  • Negotiations with Planning Authorities
  • Development Plan Representations
  • Site Appraisals
  • Planning Application Submission and Management
  • Planning Statements
  • Design and Access Statements
  • Conservation Area Statements
  • Planning Appeals
  • Planning Obligations/S106 Agreements
  • Lawful Development/Use Certificates
  • Presentations at Committee
  • Listed Building and Conservation Area Applications
  • Third Party Representations


Planning Consultant Services for Development in Rural Surrey

Working for residential developer Rushmon Homes, we gained planning permission for ten residential family homes on the site of an old hotel in Beare Green, deep in the heart of the Surrey countryside.


The previous owners of this former hotel site had been trying to get planning consent for nine residential units for approximately two years, without success.


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The Laurels Beare Green Aerial View

Planning Consultancy Services – Client Testimonials

What Our Clients Say…

Why choose FORM Design Group as your Planning Consultant?

We are accredited by the RTPI (Royal Town Planning Institute).


Our Planning Partner Paul Uttley has been working in Surrey and the surrounding area for over 30 years for the local council, private developers, investors and homeowners.


We offer a full range of planning consultancy services including planning application support, planning design and planning appeals.  Our expertise means that our planning consultants have an enviable success rate.

Building a home? Adding an extension? Commercial build?


We can help!

Ask Paul

Get the answers to your FAQs by FORM’s lead Planning Consultant, Paul Uttley Dip TP MRTPI

Paul Uttley | FORM Design Group Planning DirectorPaul is a Chartered Town Planner with decades of experience in planning consultancy from working at senior levels in local government and the private sector. He co-founded Form with Mike Chidzey in 2009.


He prides himself on a high success rate due to his deep understanding of the UK planning system from the public and private sides of the fence, from strategic planning policy through to development proposals.


Paul’s stand-out planning consultancy projects include town centre improvements, regeneration schemes, strategic housing sites and major commercial developments. He has successfully acted for and advised national commercial and residential development companies, as well as private individuals and investors, and is currently involved in a number of major, high-profile developments.


His mission is to make sure property and land owners understand the opportunities their asset can provide: “I offer straightforward advice and take an innovative approach to any planning challenge, but I never recommend ideas that can’t be delivered.”

How much does a planning consultant charge?

The costs of planning consultancy vary depending on the services required and the scope of each project. For example, planning for a simple extension will be charged differently to plans for a large commercial property.

Can I get planning permission myself or do I need a planning consultant?

Planning isn’t necessarily a legal requirement for every project, however the skills a planning consultant has are hugely beneficial to people looking to create their perfect home or commercial development.


The skill of a planning consultant is in liaising with local planning authorities to ensure your project can be built.

Does a planning consultant charge for an initial consultation?

It depends on which planning consultants you speak with. At FORM Design Group, we welcome initial enquiries to best understand what you are looking to achieve.

Do I need a planning consultant to draw plans to get planning permission?

There may be no legal necessity to have a planning consultant to create plans to secure planning permission. That said, an experienced planning consultant is likely to create a plan that will meet planning requirements set by local councils. Please do call us to discuss your project in more detail if you are unsure.

Can you help me to complete planning applications to secure planning approval?

Yes, we can. We can advise on the best course to take when it comes to drafting and submitting planning applications to give you the best chance of success.

Can FORM Design Group help with project management?

We can. We offer a full range of planning consultancy, architectural and structural engineering services, which cover everything from planning to project completion.

Examples of our Planning Consultancy Projects