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To provide a breath of fresh air as we help navigate the complex town planning system, expertly delivering client objectives – proactive, pragmatic, preferred

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We’re a team of town planning professionals who help developers, investors and land owners navigate the complex town planning system in order to build better places.

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Our clients trust us

Our site at Creams Mill was particularly complex and it needed a proactive and robust planning strategy. We were therefore pleased to work with the team at P4 who offered pragmatic advice throughout and worked hard to mediate with the public and maintain an open dialogue with the key players at the council. When planning permission was initially refused they kept the team on track and put together a really strong case at appeal clearly demonstrating very special circumstances, necessary to justify development within the Green Belt. It’s been by far the biggest win for us so far in 2023.

Iain Watson
Watson Homes

Quality honest advice and support that would be more than happy to recommend to others. The practice is of a size that manages the demands of its client basis to a high standard.

Paul Chappels
Peel L&P

We have been keen for many years to find a suitable site for a large mixed use development to meet the needs of the Sikh community in the north west and are hugely grateful for P4’s time, support and advice on planning strategy and process. Through Freddie, a P4 student employee who volunteers with us at Feed My City, we’ve had the opportunity to tap into invaluable advice and wider connections including Bowker Sadler Architects, and now have a well-thought-through draft masterplan which we are discussing with local elected leaders across Greater Manchester.

Sukhbir Singh
Manchester Sikh Foundation

As an SME builder, we only have two or three sites on the go at once and that means that success or otherwise at planning has a fundamental impact on our pipeline and business success. With Orchard Gardens being in the Green Belt we drew on P4 Planning’s in-depth knowledge of the planning system to craft a strong and clear case justifying the application. Our collective willingness to keep up open discussions with parish councillors enabled us to agree a quality design and we are on track to shortly complete the development.

Jack Seddon
Edgefold Homes

I have been happy with the service provided. I think there are very limited planning advisers with this level of knowledge so I would certainly recommend it to a colleague.

James Chasen

P4 have consistently proven to provide me a first class service and demonstrate that what you do for me, you care about passionately.

Marc Studholme
Storage World

As a founder and owner of an SME business, we tend to work best with those that share our scale, our outlook, our values and our commitment to getting the job done. We have worked with Bill Davidson in both of his ‘phases’ – as a Board Director at Indigo Planning and then as the founder of P4 Planning. Bill has skillfully taken those big company procedures, rigour and professionalism into the business and grown them, and in term his team around them.

Peter Swift

P4 Planning is a trusted and essential part of our team. They go the extra mile and think creatively to deliver results. The team is always personable yet professional and I would not hesitate to recommend them.

Tim McCormac

P4 Planning worked in a professional and creative way, which resulted in successful planning applications that are aspirational but reasoned and deliverable.

Louise Turner
Beechlane Group

More recently, P4 Planning inherited and quickly got to grips with a complex planning brief relating to part of a World Heritage Site and devised and implemented a successful planning strategy that enabled us to deliver a new retail unit to the market.

Simon Clarke
ARKE Property

P4 Planning has been assisting Columbia Threadneedle and offers high quality town planning advice with a personal touch that a small firm can provide. Bill Davidson’s experience in his profession is invaluable in helping us add value to our property assets.

Jeremy Collin
Columbia Threadneedle

Bill Davidson has been instrumental in helping secure our pipeline of new homes in Cheshire East where he has provided expert planning evidence at four successful Appeals in the last two years alone

Michael Johnson
Seddon Homes Ltd

Bill Davidson has been a valued planning advisor to Peel Holdings for many years and has helped secure consent for some of our key projects including Port Salford and Chatham Waters. These major regenerations schemes required a robust commercial approach and considerable tenacity. They were undertaken in very good spirit and Chatham Waters comprised the most positive and thorough planning application I have worked on.

James Whittaker
Peel L&P

P4 have provided an exemplary level of service to Seddon over many years on a range of planning related matters and we look forward to continuing to work closely together on future projects.

Jamie Seddon
Seddon Developments

P4 Planning worked with us from the outset on this project, providing input to the masterplan and coordinating other consultants to a tight programme. The scheme involved extensive public consultation and pre-application discussion with local authority but the application as submitted on schedule. During the whole process right through to the grant of consent we found P4 Planning to be pro-active pragmatic and commercial in their approach and we would not hesitate to recommend them for similar work in the future.

Kenton Whitaker
White Acre Estates

P4 Planning provided sound practical advice and input to our masterplan. We have been particular impressed by their friendly straightforward approach and have no hesitation in recommending them.

Ian Eccles

It’s been an absolute pleasure working with you from virtually the day I started at CHS! Your calmness and expertise have been outstanding and invaluable and we wouldn’t have managed to deliver on the master plan without you. I will definitely miss working on capital projects with you. Hopefully we will keep in touch.

Sue Kershaw
Cheadle Hulme School

Having worked with P4 Planning for many years now, we would highly recommend their services and expertise to anyone in need of them. We have always received a positive outcome coupled with a high level of service. P4 is our go-to planning consultant and is an invaluable member of our development team.

Sean Elliott
FC Developments

Extremely good service so happy to recommend

Carl O'Neill

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