Local Planning Authorities

Looking for a freelance planner?

Prospero Planning understands that meeting targets for performance of your development management function and keeping planning policy up to date is not always easy. Staff leave and can’t be replaced quickly or staffing levels are such that a couple of major applications or additional pieces of work can tip the balance.

Prospero Planning can offer you a cost effective solution to plugging a gap in resources. We can assist on a short or long term basis, from dealing with just one major application to picking up a number of planning applications per week. We also have policy expertise and can carry out discreet pieces of work related to policy development and delivery.

Our experience of working with planning departments across Wales and England will leave you safe in the knowledge that when you ask us to help, we will adapt quickly to your way of working and provide you with tangible results.

We can help you in the following ways:

  • by working remotely or in your office as a member of your team covering the full range of planning applications, consents and planning officer duties
  • by working remotely or in your office as a member of your team working to support all aspects of policy development and review
  • by acting as expert witness for all types of planning appeals
  • as part of your team to provide managerial and leadership support

Please read the following testimonials from some recent LPA support work.

“I would fully endorse the work Prospero Planning Consultants carried out for Monmouthshire County Council in assisting with the Development Management Team’s workload over 2014/15. Prospero handled over 150 planning applications and around 30 written enquiries seeking pre-application advice. Prospero were extremely courteous and professional in dealing with applicants, agents and other interested parties and were efficient in adapting to our working methods and IT systems to produce letters, reports and decision notices. The vast majority of cases were determined within the statutory period or within agreed timescales, and where that timescale was not achieved, Prospero added value to the outcome of the application  by securing design or other improvements to the proposal. Consequently, we would not hesitate in commissioning Prospero again to work for the Authority, or to recommend their work to other Council’s or organisations who may need high quality support for their development management service.”

– Phil Thomas, Planning Applications Manager, Monmouthshire County Council

“Prospero Planning has been able to provide extremely effective planning support to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority. Prospero Planning has been able to bridge the gap when we were short on staff with a tailormade contract. With varied experience in the ways that local authority planning departments work (including the nuances of National Parks) Emma and her team were able to hit the ground running and thankfully the dreaded experience of spoonfeeding consultants was not on the agenda!”

– Jane Gibson, Director of Park Direction and Planning, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority

“Prospero Planning were recently appointed to assist the Vale of Glamorgan Council with some additional settlement boundary work arising out of the LDP hearing sessions. The service provided by Prospero Planning was both professional and expeditious and they had a clear understanding of what was required. Their work was of a high standard and I would have no hesitation in working with Prospero Planning again in the future on LDP related work.”

– Lucy Butler, Principal Planner Regeneration and Planning, Vale of Glamorgan Council

If you think we may be able to help your LPA simply contact us to discuss all the options open to you for engaging Prospero Planning.