Town Planning Consultants

LONDON OFFICE

9 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YD
+44 (0)20 3713 8500
contact@dominiclawson.co.uk

DUBLIN OFFICE

86 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4, Ireland
+353 (0) 1 525 2400
dominiclawson@dominiclawson.ie

 

We provide high quality, bespoke, town planning advice to organisations, companies and individuals who appreciate a premium service. We act as an extension of your team, your right-hand and in-house planner, to understand your fundamental objective (or indeed help you to formulate your objectives), to guide you through the town planning system.

We service you, we do not expect you to service us.

DLBP works in a unique way in the planning and development sector.  Because of the wide experience of our team in the real estate market, we can provide a full project management service for the production of planning applications in the wider development context.  Our competitive advantage is based on commercial experience and knowledge of the town planning process, ensuring our planning permissions are deliverable, prepared and submitted without delay and create maximum value for our clients.   

Our network offers a wide range of industry contacts, including the leading consultants in heritage, landscape, transport, infrastructure, ecology and viability working in the UK.  We also have strong relationships with three of the most successful leading Counsel working in planning today. These relationships enable DLBP to assemble and deploy the best possible team to design and deliver planning permissions that ensure project success.

 
 

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Since our foundation in 2010, we have achieved a 97% success rate in securing consents for our clients’ proposals.

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We have helped to secure planning permission for 1,769,912 sq ft of commercial floorspace for our clients.

We have achieved 1,451 planning consents for homes across the UK.

We have delivered planning permission for 716 bedrooms across elderly and healthcare facilities.

OUR VALUES

1. Professionalism

We are thorough, considered, accurate and dedicated to our clients’ success. We are educated to post-graduate level, with professional qualifications to achieve exemplary results.

2. Integrity

We pride ourselves on our commitment to open and honest communication, sharing real-time project information, statistics and facts. We empower our clients by ensuring they receive all necessary town planning compliance in place and on time, to properly execute projects. 

3. Customer service

We are committed to providing a bespoke and premium experience. Subject to 1 and 2 above, we give our clients what they require to succeed. We listen and do not judge. We are here to make life and business easier, not harder. 

4. Profit

As well ensuring we are a profitable business by delivering a service that secures trusted reinvestment from our clients, we also understand that our clients must be successful and profitable in their ventures, and so we endeavour to deliver on all our clients’ objectives.

5. Fun

We love doing what we do. We love helping people which makes sure we deliver our service enthusiastically and diligently.

 

Contact us today to get started with your development ambitions. 

"Dominic Lawson Bespoke Planning truly live up to the 'bespoke' in their name. They provide a highly focused, efficient and responsive service which combines sound strategy with careful attention to detail, delivered by people who really know and care about what they are doing; they are as far from a soulless corporate machine as one can get. I enjoy working with them hugely and am very impressed by them. Every member of the team is first class and Dominic is an excellent expert witness. I cannot recommend them too highly. I commend them to you"

Christopher Katkowski QC, Landmark Chambers.

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Get in touch to see how we can help.

Andrew Simpson, Managing Director

9 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YD

Tel: +44 (0)20 3713 8500

contact@dominiclawson.co.uk

Dominic Lawson, Chairman

86 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4, Ireland

Tel: +353 (0) 1 525 2400

dominiclawson@dominiclawson.ie

TEAM

 
DOMINIC LAWSON  Chairman  BSc(Hons) DipTP(Dist) MRTPI  +353 (0) 1 525 2400  dominiclawson@dominiclawson.ie   Dominic founded DLBP in 2010 and has been a town planner for 22 years. Dominic has wide-ranging experience across the planning system and a deep understanding of commercial opportunities.  He is an excellent expert witness, and has stood as expert witness at six major inquiries, including three in the past two years.  It is his astute ability to turn planning issues into development opportunities that enables DLBP to deliver optimum value for our clients.

DOMINIC LAWSON
Chairman

BSc(Hons) DipTP(Dist) MRTPI

+353 (0) 1 525 2400
dominiclawson@dominiclawson.ie

Dominic founded DLBP in 2010 and has been a town planner for 22 years. Dominic has wide-ranging experience across the planning system and a deep understanding of commercial opportunities.

He is an excellent expert witness, and has stood as expert witness at six major inquiries, including three in the past two years.

It is his astute ability to turn planning issues into development opportunities that enables DLBP to deliver optimum value for our clients.

ANDREW SIMPSON  Managing Director  BA(Hons)(Cantab) MA AoU  +44 (0)20 3713 8507  as@dominiclawson.co.uk   Andrew is a highly experienced planner and development manager who has particular expertise in devising and delivering strategies for large and complex mixed use developments.  Andrew was responsible for securing planning permission for 839 homes and a 270,000 sq ft (25,000 sq m) healthcare facility in a major mixed use development at Springfield Hospital in Wandsworth, which is now on site. More recently, Andrew has delivered a range of planning consents including 121,000 sq ft of retail space in Milton Keynes and a 40,000 sq ft nursing home in Ascot.

ANDREW SIMPSON
Managing Director

BA(Hons)(Cantab) MA AoU

+44 (0)20 3713 8507
as@dominiclawson.co.uk

Andrew is a highly experienced planner and development manager who has particular expertise in devising and delivering strategies for large and complex mixed use developments.

Andrew was responsible for securing planning permission for 839 homes and a 270,000 sq ft (25,000 sq m) healthcare facility in a major mixed use development at Springfield Hospital in Wandsworth, which is now on site. More recently, Andrew has delivered a range of planning consents including 121,000 sq ft of retail space in Milton Keynes and a 40,000 sq ft nursing home in Ascot.

ANDREW RYLEY  Director of Planning  BA(Hons) MSc MRTPI  +44 (0)20 3713 8501  andrewryley@dominiclawson.co.uk   Andrew is a Chartered Town Planner with over 13 years’ experience of dealing with projects in both the private and public sector.  He has led on a number of large scale urban regeneration developments in Northamptonshire and London, and has managed a team of planners at the London Borough of Enfield where he was a case officer for major planning applications including large residential developments, a number of care homes and a 340,000 sq ft distribution centre. Andrew has also acted as expert witness at appeals at both public inquiries and informal hearings.

ANDREW RYLEY
Director of Planning

BA(Hons) MSc MRTPI

+44 (0)20 3713 8501
andrewryley@dominiclawson.co.uk

Andrew is a Chartered Town Planner with over 13 years’ experience of dealing with projects in both the private and public sector.

He has led on a number of large scale urban regeneration developments in Northamptonshire and London, and has managed a team of planners at the London Borough of Enfield where he was a case officer for major planning applications including large residential developments, a number of care homes and a 340,000 sq ft distribution centre. Andrew has also acted as expert witness at appeals at both public inquiries and informal hearings.

 
MATTHEW JOHNSON  Director of Planning  BSc(Hons) MA(Dist) MRTPI  +44 (0)20 3713 8503  mj@dominiclawson.co.uk   Matthew is a Director of Planning for DLBP and a highly experienced Chartered Town Planner. He has over 5 years of high level planning experience in both the private and public sectors. Matthew has been with DLBP since October 2012.  Matthew has delivered a range of planning consents including a new specialist care facility of circa. 3,500 sq m in Oxfordshire and new residential developments involving the conversion of redundant office buildings into much needed new homes in Sutton, Horsham and Blackwater.

MATTHEW JOHNSON
Director of Planning

BSc(Hons) MA(Dist) MRTPI

+44 (0)20 3713 8503
mj@dominiclawson.co.uk

Matthew is a Director of Planning for DLBP and a highly experienced Chartered Town Planner. He has over 5 years of high level planning experience in both the private and public sectors. Matthew has been with DLBP since October 2012.

Matthew has delivered a range of planning consents including a new specialist care facility of circa. 3,500 sq m in Oxfordshire and new residential developments involving the conversion of redundant office buildings into much needed new homes in Sutton, Horsham and Blackwater.

HARRIET SWALE  Principal Planner  MPlan MRTPI  +44 (0)20 3713 8504  harrietswale@dominiclawson.co.uk   Harriet is a Chartered Town Planner and holds an MPlan in Urban Studies and Planning from the University of Sheffield.  Before joining DLBP in July 2017, Harriet worked as a planning officer within the development control team for the London Borough of Newham processing up to 300 planning applications during her time there.  More recently, Harriet worked on a planning appeal helping to secure permission for 350 homes and community facilities near Bristol.

HARRIET SWALE
Principal Planner

MPlan MRTPI

+44 (0)20 3713 8504
harrietswale@dominiclawson.co.uk

Harriet is a Chartered Town Planner and holds an MPlan in Urban Studies and Planning from the University of Sheffield.

Before joining DLBP in July 2017, Harriet worked as a planning officer within the development control team for the London Borough of Newham processing up to 300 planning applications during her time there.

More recently, Harriet worked on a planning appeal helping to secure permission for 350 homes and community facilities near Bristol.

PRIYANKA MEHRA  Organisation Manager  BA MSc(Oxon)  +44 (0)20 3713 8502  priyankamehra@dominiclawson.co.uk   Priyanka manages the operations for DLBP. She joined the company in December 2016. Her role includes financial management, business administration, marketing and office management. Priyanka has a BA in Hindi and Linguistics from SOAS, University of London, and an MSc in Contemporary India from University of Oxford.

PRIYANKA MEHRA
Organisation Manager

BA MSc(Oxon)

+44 (0)20 3713 8502
priyankamehra@dominiclawson.co.uk

Priyanka manages the operations for DLBP. She joined the company in December 2016. Her role includes financial management, business administration, marketing and office management. Priyanka has a BA in Hindi and Linguistics from SOAS, University of London, and an MSc in Contemporary India from University of Oxford.

 
 
 

LATEST NEWS

 

Design Brighton

October 15, 2018

 

DLBP is proud to be a part of Design Brighton, a new festival running in October 2019 encouraging investment and tourism in Brighton, founded by Cowell Consulting Group and Stickland Wright architects and interiors firm.

Brighton is known for its unique and vibrant urban design, and so Design Brighton aims to promote Brighton as a world-class urban design centre. The festival will showcase a variety of local businesses, designers, and other stakeholders, who will host events promoting Brighton and their services. 

Between 16 October 2018 and 20 October 2019, a series of events will be held in some of Brighton’s most famous buildings highlighting the past, present and future of this vibrant city. 

During the festival, there will be design workshops, walking tours of Brighton, panel discussions and talks, as well as exhibitions and networking opportunities. 

DLBP will be hosting an exciting event in the iconic i360 building on Brighton’s coast, discussing the relationship between planning and design. 

Stay tuned to find out more about DLBP’s involvement.

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LATEST

STRATEGIC PROJECTS

 

We are highly skilled at achieving planning permission for strategic schemes. 

We understand the focus on value uplift and maximising potential for our clients’ sites, often on sites which require complex planning strategies and commercial objectives. 

Our expertise also covers new neighbourhood creation, place-making, masterplanning and solving necessary infrastructure requirements including education, transport and community facilities.

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CONTACT US

+44 (0)20 3713 8507

ANDREW SIMPSON
Managing Director
contact@dominiclawson.co.uk

COMPLEX RESIDENTIAL SCHEMES

 
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CONTACT US

+44 (0)20 3713 8503

MATTHEW JOHNSON
Director of Planning
contact@dominiclawson.co.uk

We have a wealth of successful experience dealing with complex residential schemes.  From houses in the green belt to listed homes in high value areas, and difficult sites where planning permission has been previously refused, we understand how to overcome the planning obstacles.  We have so far delivered planning permissions for nearly 1,500 homes, working with trusted architects and other technical consultants to secure the desired outcome for our clients. 

We have experience in preparing and submitting planning applications for residential schemes in the following areas:

  • greenfield

  • green belt

  • redevelopment

  • regeneration, including in historic contexts

  • high value homes

  • affordable housing negotiation.

HERITAGE ADVICE

 

We are experts in heritage planning.  We have worked on projects in some of London’s most eminent areas and iconic heritage sites, ensuring that our client’s objectives are achieved as well as taking into account the sensitive nature of heritage planning matters.

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CONTACT US

+44 (0)20 3713 8507

ANDREW SIMPSON
Managing Director
contact@dominiclawson.co.uk

COMMERCIAL PROJECTS

 

We have the expertise to overcome complicated planning issues to achieve the planning consent you need for your commercial project. We have a track record of securing permission for over 1.5 million sq ft of commercial floorspace for our clients including permissions for large commercial retail units, state of the art science parks and dynamic work-hubs.

The importance of securing an uplift in value as well as meeting our clients’ requirements are objectives we keep at the forefront of our work. 

CONTACT US

+44 (0)20 3713 8507

ANDREW SIMPSON
Managing Director
contact@dominiclawson.co.uk

TEMPORARY USES

 

Planning permission might be required for a temporary use, depending on the size, use and location of a temporary building, structure, or event.

We are very experienced in obtaining temporary planning consents.  Our previous projects include world leading art fairs and world-class show jumping events.  We have also successfully secured permanent planning permission for annual events. 

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CONTACT US

+44 (0)20 3713 8503

MATTHEW JOHNSON
Director of Planning
contact@dominiclawson.co.uk

ELDERLY AND SPECIALIST CARE

 

Our knowledge of specialist care facilities enables us to deliver high quality developments that make a real difference to its users.

We are experts in delivering planning permission for the increasing demand in nursing homes and elderly and specialist care facilities, having secured consent for over 715 care bedrooms.

Our deep understanding of the complex planning issues such as affordable housing requirements for close-care and extra-care proposals puts us in the best position to secure planning permission that meets our clients’ aspirations and specifications.

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CONTACT US

+44 (0)20 3713 8503

MATTHEW JOHNSON
Director of Planning
contact@dominiclawson.co.uk

OTHER PLANNING SERVICES

 

In addition to securing planning permissions, we also provide advice and services on all planning-related matters. 

Our expertise covers:

  • expert planning witness and inquiries

  • heritage and conservation implications

  • development plan policies and allocations

  • appeals

  • enforcement

  • planning obligations (section 106 agreements)

  • planning conditions

  • community infrastructure levy

  • neighbourhood planning.

 
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CONTACT US

+44 (0)20 3713 8500
contact@dominiclawson.co.uk